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The Right Aways CD Release Party
32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon St
Friday, June 11 at 8:30 p.m
$6, 955-5664 or www.32Bleu.com
All ages

Ska punks The Right Aways are dropping their new CD, Initiate Sequence, this Friday with the support of local bands The Gamits (also releasing their new CD), Against Tomorrow's Sky and Chicago-based Indecisives. With their hearts (and, occasionally, their beers) on their sleeves, The Right Aways blast through brass-backed songs like "Arson is the Answer," "Emo Calendar" and "Constitutional Indigestion" -- a quick 'n' frantic indictment of the Bush administration. Influenced by everyone from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones to Queens of the Stone Age, The Right Aways will surely delight local pop punks with a few English Beat records stashed in their closets. Ah, ska -- it never dies; it just fades away. And then it comes back again in all its new, rude glory.

-- Noel Black


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