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Radiation City, Ancient Heat

When: Sun., Dec. 30, 9 p.m. 2012

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Have you visited Radiation City? It's a dreamy place, a midcentury relic filled with butterfly roofs, reverb, and the heady promise of a nuclear-powered utopia. Spam and martinis are what's for dinner. Naturally, doo-wop pervades. But it's been inverted, tossed in a pastel blender with shards of soul and synth, and fed to a girl group that has shrugged off its No Boys Allowed sign. Radiation City's full-length debut, The Hands That Take You, rides the line between nostalgia and the here and now, like hearing the Shirelles through the decayed speakers of the future. It's at once comforting and stimulating. Which is a good thing, because Ancient Heat is a hard act to follow. The horn-fueled disco pleasure band is just as aesthetically minded as Radiation City, it's just that their world feels less like a David Lynch movie and more like an orgy. REBECCA WILSON

Price: $10-12

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