What to Do Tonight: Dum Dum Girls



SoCal foursome Dum Dum Girls are poised for a gigantic year. Led by the surname-free Dee Dee, they play the sort of fuzzy girl-group punk that started popping up everywhere about two years ago. The Dum Dums kicked off with a 7-inch single, and they’ve been lighting up the blogosphere ever since. Their debut album was produced by Richard Gottehrer, who wrote “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “I Want Candy” and produced new-wave classics by Blondie and the Go-Go’s. The impressive pedigree would matter little if I Will Be didn’t have the songs to back up the buzz. The record packs a boatload of hooks and oscillating emotions into its dizzying 29 minutes. There really isn’t a weak track, but “Jail La La” and the rapid-fire title tune are highlights. There is a specter of Phil Spector and the Jesus and Mary Chain throughout, especially on the woozy “Rest of Our Lives.” Brandon Welchez (of fellow buzz-band the Crocodiles) joins Dee Dee on the sweet duet “Blank Girl,” and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner adds guitar noises to “Yours Alone.” It’s simultaneously tough and sweet, with Gottehrer’s production adding warmth to the low-fi approach. Dum Dum Girls open for the terrific Girls at 9 p.m. at Oberlin College’s Dionysus Club (135 W. Lorain St., Oberlin, 440.775.8471). Tickets: $10. — Drabick

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