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Mates of State

Sun Down Stage

Mates of State rocks with two-part pop that landed a record deal back before Jack and Meg White were all that. The Mates are best experienced live, where the ex-Lawrence duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel sing like doves and bust rhymes like rap stars. Musically, Gardner's two-handed keyboard wizardry is downright Dumbledore-like, and Hammel can hammer the drums with the best of them while singing comfortably. The lovey-dovey duo's latest LP "Re-Arrange Us" features lots of pretty piano ballads; Sonny & Cher would be totally jealous.

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