Local band Kitten are signed to a major label (Atlantic Records), have released a blog-hoggin' EP (Cut It Out
), and have booked a monthlong residency at the Bootleg — and frontgal Chloe Chaidez is still only 17 years old. But much of the band's sonic stimuli way pre-date the glacially voiced Chaidez: Cut It Out
's title track is Cocteau Twins gone Cranberries; "Sugar" is more like Sugarcubes than Ultravox; "Chinatown" could be Joy Division's rhythm section backing Dale Bozzio's yelpy star student. Yet Kitten, who must be channeling the 1980s (including a pretty faithful cover of The Smiths' "Panic") almost as they discover them, are blissfully free of revivalism mustiness, and though using a musical language of their parents' generation, speak frankly to their peers. Electro-flecked guitar rock, just like the first time.
Mon., Sept. 3, 9 p.m., 2012
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