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Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and The Memories

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Bunk Bar (map) Southeast
Thu., Aug. 8, 9 p.m. 2013 21+

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In 2011, the New Jersey band Real Estate released Days, an album of gentle jangle-pop that was impeccably crafted: terrific songs, superb performances, steady vibe. Now, Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker is touring behind How Far Away, his second album with his other band, the Freaks, and it is the bizarro Days. Don't misunderstand: Bleeker's sophomore effort isn't bad. It's cozy and charming and hummable. But it's a short, shambling sketchbook of songs that meander from punchy indie-pop to spacey synth jams to lo-fi, navel-gazing twang. Sonic adventures aside, Bleeker is so lovelorn here that he doesn't bother hiding behind clever lyrics: "I hope I never feel that you don't love me too/But lately you don't say that you do," he sings on "All My Songs." And in case that's not clear enough, here's the chorus: "I know it's obvious my songs are all for you/Every song I've written, babe, it's true." In the end, How Far Away stays so sweetly and resolutely on message, it's impossible not to like its protagonist. BEN SALMON

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Event Times
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  • Thu., Aug. 8, 9 p.m. 2013