J.C. SATÀN'S PERVERTED PULP-ROCK

(Chop Suey) I remember standing with my friend Louie-Louie from Paris, France at SXSW in Austin, Texas, watching a then-kinda-unknown band called Thee Oh Sees destroy yet another audience in a dusty, hot parking lot, and saying, “Man, what group can even compare to these guys?” “Oh, sweet Kelly,” said Louie-Lou. “You need to come to France and see J.C. Satàn.” Oft compared to those Oh Sees (and also the 13th Floor Elevators and My Bloody Valentine), the J.C.s have a distinctively rowdy, garage-psych sound. Employing French and Italian members, along with male and female vocals, they blur genres and make horny, noisy music that could only be born in the old, perverted streets of Paris (check out their 2010 album Sick of Love if you don’t believe me!) With King Dude and Grave Babies. KELLY O
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IRREPRESSIBLE GROOVE: SERGIO MENDES AND BRAZIL 2014

(Jazz Alley) Brazilian composer/producer/keyboardist and vocalist Sérgio Mendes is a living legend, with over 35 albums, three Grammy Awards, and collaborations with artists ranging from Herb Alpert to Justin Timberlake to his name after 54 years of releasing records. His jump to international prominence came mostly from his work with his Brasil ’66 band, which consisted of Mendes on piano, two female vocalists, a guitarist, bassist, drummer, and other percussionists. His current band, Brazil 2014, also features Mendes on piano, two female vocalists, a guitarist, bassist, drummer, and other percussionists, but also an additional keyboard/horn player and vocalist, and (gasp) A RAPPER! How 2014 is that? Rap-intolerant old-timers be warned. MIKE RAMOS
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SO HOT RIGHT NOW: TUNEFUL GARAGE ROCKERS DETECTIVE AGENCY AND DEAD GHOSTS

(Sunset) Detective Agency write peppy, bright, catchy songs with male and female vocals that hark back to a more innocent time—1965, say, but filtered through the UK’s mid-’80s cutie indie-pop movement. It’s expertly executed, spick-and-span kitsch. Dead Ghosts play that Burger Records-sanctioned garage rock that’s so hot right now. This they do with requisite panache and calculated wildness. It’s nothing that the Standells or the Shadows of the Knight or the Animals didn’t do 48 years ago, but we don’t come to garage rock for innovation. It’s all about the attitude and pulling off the moves with conviction. Don’t ever break character and you’re golden. With CMR TYZ and Mujeres. DAVE SEGAL
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THE EFFORTLESS CHARM OF REAL ESTATE'S JANGLE-ROCK

(Neumos) What sets the Jersey boys in Real Estate apart from the anonymous masses of kinda disaffected, sorta heartbroken white dudes with chiming guitars and pretty voices is that these guys know how to build an actual tune. In fact, they’ve crafted two albums of immaculately rendered jangle-pop and seem poised for a hat trick with the release of their third, Atlas, in March. Every song is like the Platonic ideal of an indie-rock anthem: condensed, addictive nuggets of melody and atmosphere, technically adept and never over-staying their welcome. Meanwhile, Martin Courtney’s lyrics create a sort of Rorschach test for your emotions; they’re vague enough to score a breakup or acceptance into law school. Sure, it’s polite and a little fey, but damned if they don’t crank out some head-noddingly, toe-tappingly catchy music. With the Shilohs. KYLE FLECK
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