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Beaten Awake

With Beast, Pretty Weapons, and Brainbow. Saturday, April 22, at the Lime Spider.


The motley bandits of Kent's Beaten Awake use the best bits of their previous music groups to build a super-strain of heady folk-rock harmonies. "You can hear little bits of Party of Helicopters, Harriet the Spy, and the band Jon [Finley] and I were in for a while, The Man I Fell in Love With. Even little parts of Six Parts Seven -- just because of [guitarist Al Karpinski's] style," says Joel McAdams -- one of the group's two singer-songwriters. "But now it's a lot more melodic, and now it's a lot more about the songs."

The band's new catalog keeps an eclectic balance of laid-back rock gems ("Bubble Bath of Sharks!!!") and moody folk melodies ("Broken Fang") that should strike a chord with My Morning Jacket or Folk Implosion fans. Only together since July of 2005, the Kent supergroup has already started recording its first album -- co-produced by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and tentatively scheduled for a fall release -- on Audio Eagle/Fat Possum Records.

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