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The Color Fleet
The Color Fleet

The Color Fleet believes in the pop-song format in all its bounciness. The band's self-titled, six-song EP is all catchy guitar riffs and brisk drum beats. Singers Lauren Shapiro and Emma Cox seem to think that even emotionally stormy lyrics can be catchy if they just yelp them at the right up-tempo pitch, and for the most part, they are totally right. Though there isn't much diversity on the EP (here's hoping they expand their sound on a full album), at its best moments, The Color Fleet recalls Veruca Salt, Belly and other female-fronted bands from the golden age of radio-ready alt-rock.

— Nick Keppler

THE COLOR FLEET EP RELEASE with THE NEW VICTORIANS. 10 p.m. Sat., July 7. Club Café. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $8. 412-431-4950 or


Robotic Hands of God
Music From a Parallel Dimension
(Audio Recon)

While earlier installments of Dreadnots' Robotic Hands of God series could serve as the soundtrack to the End of Days, this is the record you'll want when you discover that Jesus was an alien and the afterlife involves chillin' in the non-metaphorical cosmos for all eternity. Moving away from heavier, aggressively sample-based music, this meditatively psychedelic effort nods to '70s- era electronic-music pioneers, like Klaus Schulze. Put it on and space out.

— Margaret Welsh

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