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Sauna, March 14 at the hi-dive

In the crowded realm of bands purveying sunny garage-pop, it's a little difficult to stand out, because the stuff seems to be coming out of the woodwork far and wide. Sauna (due at the hi-dive on Monday, March 14) has a youthful exuberance that most of those bands do not. It is also completely unaffected, and you get the sense that the group wrote the music with a seriousness of intention — but also as a way of having fun without worrying what other people would think. Everyone in the act is still in high school, but they're the cool kids you would have wanted to know, the ones who are nice, decent and doing interesting things for real, not just boasting about them to cover for insecurities.

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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.