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As a rule of thumb, it’s generally wise to avoid bands that court publicity. Those are the bands for whom style is a substitute for substance, bands who co-ordinate their outfits, grow carefully trimmed beards and pose in stairwells.

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If I Were the President


Between the devil and the deep blue sea.

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Lost in a love story


It’s a simple idea, perfectly executed.

Take three songs you like and re-record them. If you’re New York trio Pep, that means giving them sixties-tinged pop twist that sounds at the same time retro and oh-so-up-to-date.

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