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Critic's Choice: The Haircut, February 17 at Unit E on Sante Fe

Nelson Echeverry may have cut his teeth on some strain of punk rock when he was a teenager, but when he connected with the merry band of indie-pop pranksters in The Haircut, his natural inclination for Fall-esque guitar experimentation jelled perfectly with Magee Headley's spirited vocal delivery. Even with Doris Brown, Micah Bontrager and Courtney Rodgers effortlessly and expertly switching roles on keys, drums and bass, the Haircut — due at Unit E (1201 Sante Fe Drive) on Friday, February 17 — often sounds raw, but never without ebullient charm and sonic cohesion. Though only really around since last summer, the Haircut has quickly become the kind of secret band that bursts onto the scene seemingly fully formed, with instantly and surprisingly compelling songs and stage presence to match. More bands should be this good this soon, and the Haircut is just getting started.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.