Can You Deal?, masking her sarcasm with a sugary melody bracketed by her sister Jessie’s fuzzy lead-guitar rejoinders. “Breaking news, I do what I do … not willing to feel defeated,” Jennifer insists. The Regrettes are another local band whose poppy hooks belie singer Lydia Night’s defiant lyrics. Upset’s hard-driving punk is powered by former Hole drummer Patty Schemel and brightened by Ali Koehler’s slyly provocative lyrics. The Side Eyes are even faster and fronted by Astrid McDonald, the daughter of Go-Go’s guitarist Charlotte Caffey and Redd Kross’ Jeff McDonald.
Jennifer Clavin should be celebrating Bleached’s growing popularity, but she finds herself dogged by the limitations of being labeled as a member of a “girl band.” “Pretty little child, tell me your tale/How you got the courage to rebel yell,” she coos on the title track of the new EP,