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BOAT, The Angry Orts, Zoo Animal and Orca Team: BOAT, Fault Lines, Zoo Animal, Orca Team 

When: Sat., May 26, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $10-12

The Seattle band this paper once called the "funnest band in the universe" deal in clever, playfully idiosyncratic pop music. BOAT are little bit nerdy, a little bit twee, and totally irresistible. Do you like fun? We'll see you there. ALISON HALLETT

Although the earnest punk-rock adherent in me is perturbed by BOAT's dilettantish approach to making music (creative helmsman D. Crane once admitted that the band isn't a "primary focus of his" and he began "writing songs just for fun"), it's pretty difficult to stay irked when everything they've done has been nothing short of irresistible. (Perhaps it's just jealousy, then.) Last year's Dress Like Your Idols is no exception—"(I'll Beat My Chest Like) King Kong" in particular contains hooks as colossal as its titular behemoth. BOAT purvey some of the finest pop in the Pacific Northwest, and I wonder if they even realize it. MORGAN TROPER

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