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Shiny Toy Guns

7 p.m. Sunday, October 8. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).

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Don't be put off by their tragic asymmetrical haircuts — Shiny Toy Guns are one of the most promising electronic dance bands to transcend the played-out electroclash scene. The so-called "Shinys" are receiving attention for creating complex dance music with a lush indie-rock core, although '80s goth tunes seem to be their greatest influence: Their mix of powerful female-centered vocals and big beats results in an electro-paradise that sounds a little like Peaches singing New Order. But wherever they go, the dance party follows; just check the Tommie Sunshine remix of their catchiest song, "Le Disko." Oh, and as an added bonus, they do the best live cover of Depeche Mode's "Stripped" — ever.

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