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Bringing Harlem to the Wild West
Austin, Texas duo Harlem is in the wrong place at the wrong time. The band has managed to achieve modest success with its straightforward garage punk sound, and the new LP Hippies is receiving excellent reviews. Had the group come out of New York ten years ago, however, its easy to imagine that we would be mentioning Harlem in the same breath as the Strokes or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Band members Michael Coomers and Curtis O’Mara aren’t quite as stylish as many of their lo-fi contemporaries (maybe they should borrow Vivian Girls‘ reverb pedal), but Hippies still has plenty of enjoyable tunes. Here’s the lead single “Friendly Ghost,” a retro blues rocker with Casper-referencing lyrics and a whole lot of cymbal crashes.

MP3: “Friendly Ghost”
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