Music » Critics' Picks

The Oranges Band / SHed SHot

9 p.m. Tuesday, November 28. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).

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One gets the feeling that if the members of the Oranges Band were more creative with their treadmills, they could be the next OK Go. But until they get their dance moves down and take over YouTube, the band will have to keep slugging it out the hard way, playing nervy, lo-fi punk-pop to one audience at a time. Like a hyped-up Shins or a hyped-down Ted Leo, the Oranges Band never forget that melody and hooks matter most. Locals SHed SHot play a more bucolic version of Elephant 6-style psychedelia: Voices pile on top of each other over vibrating synth washes and plucked strings. The songs on the band's MySpace page (myspace.com /shedshot) could use some tightening (and while we're at it, how about a new band name?), but the pieces are in place for this duo to make some great skewed rock songs.

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