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The Mynabirds

8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 1. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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Imagine Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" as a political rallying cry instead of a sultry kiss-off, and you have an idea behind the Mynabirds' "Generals." The title track to the band's second LP is a call to action so catchy in its delivery and yet so vague in its politics that it could soundtrack an Occupy rally or a PTA meeting. Credit leader Laura Burhenn for making a record that seethes with personal and global discontent (see "Karma Debt" for a little of each) but never comes off as preachy or dated.

Behind the Board: Generals' rich and sinister tone is thanks in part to producer Richard Swift, who records bands when he's not busy as a solo artist or as the new keyboardist for the Shins.

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