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Broadway Calls, Dead to Me, The Arteries, Lee Corey Oswald 

When: Fri., May 18, 7:15 p.m. 2012
Price: $10
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but at the surface Broadway Calls feel awfully impenetrable—it's pretty off-putting (and awkward) how intense their desire to be regarded as hometown heroes is. (What else could explain the superficiality of songs like "Back to Oregon" and "Meet Me at Washington Park"—Elliott Smith they are not). But their latest EP, Toxic Kids, while no less derivative than previous efforts, is at least a huge step in the right direction—away from mall-core inanity and toward crunchy, classic pop/punk reminiscent of Insomniac-era Green Day. "I'm So Ready to Be Done with My 20s," the indelible kickoff to Toxic Kids, very nearly absolves them of prior stupidities. MORGAN TROPER

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