CMJ. Only in Dreams, the second full-length by Los Angeles neo–girl group Dum Dum Girls, is both darker and lighter than its 2010 predecessor, I Will Be. Lyrically, frontwoman Dee Dee digs much deeper this time, addressing the recent death of her mother (among other topics) in language that can startle with its directness. Yet Dum Dum Girls deliver these grim tidings with a newfound clarity and muscle, which gives the music an oddly uplifting energy. Also featured on tonight's Hardly Lamefest is revered Dinosaur Jr. guitar mangler J. Mascis.
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