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King Tuff, The Intelligence, Whatever Brains 

When: Wed., Oct. 24, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $5

Simple songs aren't easy to write, but Vermont's Kyle Thomas is up to the challenge. Released as King Tuff, Thomas' self-titled Sub Pop debut plays like an escapist fantasy, especially when he cheers, "There's nothing better than alone and stoned/ Listening to music on your headphones." His budget-class hedonism comes with some introspection, though, a chiaroscuro that gives some heft to Thomas' cheerful garage-pop. Still, the real thrills come from the cherry-bomb burst of hooks in cuts like "Bad Thing." Seattle's The Intelligence offers sardonic rock summed up nicely by the title of their excellent Everybody's Got It Easy But Me. Whatever Brains open. —Bryan C. Reed

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