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Pep*Squad at the hi-dive

It would be easy to dismiss this Fort Collins band as yet another act ransacking the '80s new-wave graveyard, because it sure is going for that ultra-catchy, synth-pop vibe. Borrowing a few tricks from the Cars, the Nails and Mr. Pacman, Pep*Squad also clearly has its tongue firmly in cheek. Just the same, the outfit writes music worth dancing to and brings a live show filled with such genuine vitality that only those too jaded to live could ignore it — or disparage its source. Pep*Squad (due at the hi-dive on Saturday, June 19) isn't playing it for laughs, but it is going for maximum fun.


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