The Secret Handshake/Family Force 5

7 p.m. Monday, October 1. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard

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$10 over 21, $12 under. 314-531-3888
If someone said to you, "Hey, you should totally check out the Secret Handshake. They're, like, ambient electro-emo," what would you do? You'd want to throw up into your Emily the Strange lunch box, right? Well, the truth is: The band's not as bad as you'd expect. The tunes are just ambient enough to be pretty, electro enough to be interesting and hardly emo at all if you ignore the (infrequent) lyrics. There's an indie splash and some pop sprinkles in there, too; at times the better songs sound like a teenage version of the Cars. But if you're over the age of 21, it's not going to get you dancin'. Just stay at the bar and leave this one to the kids. Family Force 5 headlines.
 
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