In spite of this era’s sometimes dark and divisive political climate, Tacocat’s “New World,” from their latest album, This Mess Is a Place, is a surprisingly uplifting tune. “I woke up today and everything was different/Didn’t have to feel bad for a change,” Emily Nokes declares over Eric Randall raining sheets of guitar and Bree McKenna’s rumbling, driving bass lines. Nokes envisions a sunny planet with “No ugly buildings in my eyes/No paperwork, no jerks, no parking tickets.” Tacocat contrast other seemingly breezy pop-punk songs like “Rose-Colored Sky” with less starry-eyed but still engagingly poppy tracks such as “The Joke of Life” and “The Problem.” Tacocat’s tour mates are the local garage-rocking combo The Paranoyds, whose upcoming single on Suicide Squeeze Records, “Trade Our Sins,” blends girl-group vocals engagingly with a suffusion of carny keyboards. With Banny Grove.


Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; Tues., June 25, 8:30 p.m.; $15. (213) 389-3856,



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