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MON MARIE, THE CROSSWALKS, THE RAINY STATES

(Towne Lounge, 714 SW 20th Pl) Mon Marie migrated from Michigan to Washington, bringing with them swooning, melodramatic love songs whose wussiness is undermined by the off-kilter elements in their symphonic lo-fi production. Fuzz bass, mysterious whispery vocals, and generous dollops of echo make their swinging-for-the-fences emo melodicism sound invitingly weird rather than embarrassingly cheesy. Let’s hope they continue to write tunes that would make Brian Wilson jealous, and let’s hope they never see the inside of a real studio. Meanwhile, unlike Mon Marie, the Crosswalks could probably never make the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack even if they tried; instead they play simple, upbeat pop ’n’ roll that greets you with a big smile, slaps you on the back, and hands you a beer fresh out of the cooler. NED LANNAMANN

MP3:
Mon Marie - Transient Night