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The Alarms Album Release w/Jordan Hull, No Regrets Coyote & Juliana Daily 

When: Sat., Aug. 9, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $5
The Alarms’ new full-length doesn’t hew to power-pop principles throughout its 10-song run — the Nashville group takes a few excursions into gratifying but innocuous pop. But Real Tough Love contains some fine examples of post-’80s power pop, and lead singer and guitarist Robert Gay even pulls off a uncannily good Zombies pastiche titled “Avalon.” From Nashville, Gay played in a ska-punk band before forming The Alarms, and he acquits himself admirably on Real Tough’s “Famous Kids,” which explores the garage-rock side of power pop. Meanwhile, the band covers Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer’s “May My Heart Be Cast Into Stone,” a 1966 hit for the American female vocal group The Toys. “May My Heart” features guitars that chime and harmonize, and the band recasts a great, half-forgotten song. The Alarms really dig into their formalism — they may even mean it. EDD HURT

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