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Lubec, Lost Integrity, Modern Marriage, Mount Mazama 

When: Sat., June 29, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $5
Lubec's upcoming album, The Thrall, quickly found a place on my list of most-anticipated releases the moment I heard the preview track "Local Celebrity." There is something immediately infectious about the blending of jangly and distorted guitar noise with overlapping boy/girl vocals. It's a nice shoegaze-influenced twee pop song that sounds best at loud volumes. The band, originally hailing from Virginia, would have been right at home back east had they formed a few decades earlier. They bring to mind the early days of Slumberland Records and acts like Black Tambourine, Lilys, Velocity Girl, and the handful of other C86-influenced groups hailing from that fertile Washington, DC, scene of the early '90s. Luckily for us, Lubec have taken those roots and relocated to Portland, giving us plenty of chances to watch their new songs take shape live. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

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