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The Royalty, Infantree, De La Warr 

When: Sun., July 1, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $8-10
El Paso's the Royalty has a winner with their debut album, Lovers (and their press materials make no secret of the fact that the New York Times agrees). It's a loud, brash pop album with everything cranked dizzily into the red. Sure, their powerhouse lead singer Nicole Boudreau has a tendency to oversing, but with a voice like hers, it totally works, particularly with skipping fuzz-pop tunes like "I Want You" and album highlight "Bottle Breaker," which marries a forlorn, heartsick melody to a rocketing production. The Royalty's best tunes evoke those of the long-lost Sundays (where art thou, Harriet Wheeler?), and there is no shortage of hooky confection on Lovers. This nascent band already feels much bigger than they actually are; expect the size of the Royalty's audience to grow accordingly. NED LANNAMANN

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