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Romantic States, SMLH 

When: Sat., Feb. 21, 9:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $5
Baltimore duo Romantic States make small rock ’n’ roll. Ilenia Madelaire taps out simple rhythms, pushing the songs between plodding verses and swinging choruses. His voice stretched by echo and supported by thin guitar chords, Jim Triplett delivers slightly surreal observations in a cracking monotone. It’s spare stuff, suited for the more minimal side of the Woodsist catalog. But with Hillsborough’s SMLH, the project of teenager Sam Higgins, feedback and distortion saturate short pop songs; the tape turns into a sort of Magic Eye puzzle, where the sharpest hooks have to be sought. Here’s hoping he can conjure the same sensation live. —Grayson Haver Currin
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