Fifteen years ago, garage rock was the embarrassing stepchild of rock & roll, and its modern practitioners often were considered willfully archaic, clueless dorks stuck in a retro-'60s Neverland. But groups such as The Hives, The Detroit Cobras and The White Stripes, as well as reunited originators like The Sonics, have given the genre a long-overdue shot of respectability, and suddenly there's a horde of new garage revivalists who are actually being taken seriously. The Aquadolls are the latest glimmering pop hope from prolific local label Burger Records, with singer-guitarist Melissa Brooks and her band of “perma-teenage mermaids” crafting lovingly wistful garage-pop melodies sprinkled with surf-guitar riffs. Best Coast are an obvious reference point, but Brooks adds enough of her own lovelorn insights to stand out on the increasingly crowded pop-garage-punk shoreline.

Sat., Sept. 13, 9 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 09/13/14)

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