ARTS Pick: Bad Suns

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Southern Cal's Bad Suns reflect the good times sound of the '80s at The Southern. Southern Cal's Bad Suns reflect the good times sound of the '80s at The Southern.

Calling this So-Cal quintet a novice band undercuts a confident sound that is  anything but unsure of itself. Formed in 2012, Bad Suns has quickly established itself among today’s indie-rock up-and-coming. The group’s statement on “Salt” recalls the careening music of the 80’s alternative scene—drooping vocals and chugging rhythmic patterns that paint shades of Depeche Mode, laminated by a disco falsetto in the chorus. Stadium-ready tune “Cardiac Arrest” features atmospheric harmony lulling beneath the pining of lead singer Christo Bowman. His pouty vocals rise and wilt like The Cure leader Robert Smith, albeit with a more polished, tightened sound.

Thursday 1/16 $10, 9pm. The Southern 103 S 1st. St., 977-5590.

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