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Best Rock Band St. Louis 2010 - Karate Bikini

Readers' Choice: Lesser Key

The name Karate Bikini screams retro band — a beach-blanket-bingo scene, say, or a cult B-movie horror flick. Unsurprisingly, that's the vibe created by the quintet on its four-song debut, A Demonstration. The EP recalls the chewy psych-jangle of the Dream Syndicate or Robyn Hitchcock and the drawn-out fuzzpop of Yo La Tengo, in between moments of harmony-stacked power pop and white-hot glam. The mix of influences and strong songwriting makes sense when you consider Karate Bikini's pedigree; the lineup features vocalist/guitarist Tim McAvin (Tight Pants Syndrome), guitarist John Horton (Bottle Rockets, Magnolia Summer), drummer Jill Aboussie (Red Eyed Driver), bassist Joe Scanlon (TPS) and saxophonist Michelle Rae (Jon Hardy & the Public). The musicians bring years of diverse experience to the band, no doubt the reason the Karate Bikini live experience emerged fully formed — and nearly perfect.

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Tim Mcavin
Tim Mcavin

There is an entire issue of the RFT that is the Reader's Choice. This is the RFT's choice.

Robert Loblaw
Robert Loblaw

So why did the RFT decide against St. Louis' choice?

James Mcneill
James Mcneill

So , let me get this straight. If Lesser Key is the readers choice, why is there not an article on them?

Pissed
Pissed

Why does it say that Lesser Key is the Readers Choice?

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