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Fake Problems

8 p.m. Monday, May 2. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

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It grows more difficult by the day to define just what exactly "indie rock" is, but in a dream world, Fake Problems is the model. On last year's Real Ghosts Caught on Tape, the band fused influences as disparate as Brand New and Vampire Weekend into a bouncy, bubbly pop stew with punk undertones. This diversity is the reason the band can go from spending a summer on the Warped Tour to its current, Pitchfork-friendly headlining stint with Pomegranates and Laura Stevenson and the Cans. It's rare that a band tagged with the indie-rock label actually knows how to rock, but Fake Problems has no problem cranking amps to eleven — or at least to a healthy eight.

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