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The Bellrays

9 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Hi-Pointe (1001 McCausland Avenue)


Remember the excitement of musical discovery, when every mixtape led to your new favorite albums, and you'd go to shows based on the most casual acquaintance's recommendation? Being up for anything can serve you well, as most teenagers — and fans of the self-described "Maximum Rock and Soul" quartet the BellRays — are aware. Formed in Riverside, California, in 1990 by vocalist Lisa Kekaula and then-guitarist/now-bassist-and-husband Robert Vennum, the band has been one of the country's hardest-working ever since. Often likened to "Tina Turner fronting the Stooges," they're supporting their fifth proper album of emotional, electrified soul, Have A Little Faith, this summer. They'll likely play to rooms of already-fans — which is as much the result of a car commercial using their "Revolution Get Down" as it is high-profile dates with the Pixies and good, old-fashioned word-of-mouth.