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14 Iced Bears, Orca Team, Ghost Animal 

When: Tue., May 31, 9 p.m. 2011
14 Iced Bears barely received the recognition for spawning the jangly, jaunty C86 sound that contemporary bands like Vivian Girls, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Comet Gain have warmly embraced. It's a shame because the band, formed in London just over 25 years ago, makes some of the most ebullient indie pop you've probably never heard. Combining frantic Feelies-esque rhythms, delicately distorted guitar chops, and soft-spoken, whimsical vocals about falling in love and running away, 14 Iced Bears should be a household name to current Slumberland Records fans (Slumberland even released In the Beginning, a 14 Iced Bears compilation of singles and Peel Sessions back in 2001). But because they seldom play live and haven't released a full-length of new material in more than a decade, that might explain why they're not playing to the same sizable crowds as their predecessors. No worries, they'll still be my little secret that I always put on mixtapes. TRAVIS RITTER

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