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Harlem, Bake Sale 

When: Fri., May 14, 10 p.m. 2010
The ladies (and gentleman!) of Bake Sale have only been playing together since January, but they’ve already got a cohesive set of songs to show for themselves. While the band takes their cue from girl groups of the ’60s, they’ve updated simple, poppy harmonies with droning vocals and nostalgic lyrics. The result is a smooth hybrid of sincere feeling and complex music that wonderfully captures how it feels to be young. There’s a great mix of moody, slow ballads and jumpy, upbeat songs here, from the hazy “Prom Song” to an energetic cover of the Shangri-Las’ “Wishing Well.” But connecting them all are catchy, layered melodies that sound like they’re being sung by Lou Christie’s grungy granddaughters.

And it also bears mentioning that this Memphis-based band is true to its name, selling baked goods at their shows. Check out Bake Sale’s show this weekend so you can dance, sing, and daydream along, and — why not? — buy some cupcakes.

Bake Sale plays with Harlem at the Hi-Tone on Friday, May 14th. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $8. — Halley Johnson

— Halley Johnson

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