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Blackpool Lights

7 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

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In the press material for Blackpool Lights' first full-length, This Town's Disaster, lead singer Jim Suptic describes the album like this: "This is just sincere, unpretentious rock music. We don't have a gimmick; what you see is what you get." In reality, his statement is only half-right; anyone familiar with the band's background (Suptic is a former guitarist and singer for the Get Up Kids) knows there are quite a few tricks up their collective sleeve. But it's the other half of Suptic's statement — that this is unpretentious rock music — that really hits the nail on the head. Disaster is simple, four-chord power-pop at its purest. From sing-song summer anthems to tunes that pay homage to the Kids' glory days, the album is lighthearted, unapologetic guitar rock from start to finish.

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