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The Virgins/ Anya Marina

8 p.m. Friday, January 30. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University at Forsyth and Skinker boulevards.

The Virgins
Kai Regan
The Virgins
Anya Marina
Autumn de Wilde
Anya Marina

You'd be forgiven for feeling stuck in some kind of Lost-worthy time loop when considering New York band the Virgins. It's hard to tell if the quartet is harkening back to the late-'70s glam-punk of Blondie and the Buzzcocks or the early-aughts greasy dance-rock of the Rapture and Hot Hot Heat. Of course, it hardly matters once the groove hits — the quartet's bouncy, disco-pop bass lines and quick-wristed guitar strokes are reliable, and singer Donald Cumming spins out tales of the louche life like a detached wastrel with a deviated septum. Cumming's hangdog charm and his bandmates' fuzzy, easy-to-swallow riffs make lines like "fucked up at the disco/slipping in the k-hole" forgivable. Opener Anya Marina pairs her high, breathy vocals with boho jazz arrangements and, on the lovely "Miss Halfway," even sneaks in a Replacements reference. It's a recipe for a hipster heart-melt.

 
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