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The Golden Republic 

Friday, November 4; Ursa's Café (on the ground floor of Lien Hall on the campus of Washington University, Forsyth and Skinker boulevards)

What you think you hear when you listen to The Golden Republic is bastard strains of the Killers, Interpol and Nada Surf. What the band hears is an amalgam of Blur, Talking Heads and T. Rex. But wherever the dial actually lands in the name-the-influences game, it works. So well, in fact, that the Kansas City quartet inked a deal with Astralwerks -- home to indie icons like Air, Basement Jaxx and the Beta Band -- to bring its hyphen-heavy sound (glam-new wave-disco-punk-garage-classic rock) to the masses. The group's minty-fresh self-titled debut (produced by Interpol maestro Peter Katis) boasts tracks like "She's So Cold" and "You Almost Had It" that are familiar enough to be accessible but resonate clearly enough to be memorable a week later.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the public, free for Wash. U. students with an ID; call 314-935-5917 for more information.

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