Heartfelt and brashly amateurish, the Beets' tunes might not be as offhanded as they sound, but we're still impressed by the band's spot-on slacker charm and its sly juxtaposition of the twee with the perverse. They play with petite but roaring vocalist Shilpa Ray, formerly of Beat the Devil, who's lugging her harmonium around town as a bandleader now, still flaunting her rousing punk-cabaret song stylings and tell-any-story ways. There's also the sloppy, snotty rock of Brooklyn quartet the So So Glos, who should please fans of Black Lips.
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