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Fourth of July / The Blacks / El Paso Hot Button / Datagun

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After recently releasing its long-awaited debut LP, Lawrence's Fourth of July has gotten some national love, notably in the form of KEXP airplay and spot on the CMJ charts. The locally produced album (Mixtape Studios) showcases lead songwriter Brendan Hangauer's witty late-night lyricisms and the sharp musicianship of his five-piece band. Ranging from tuneful indie folk to jubilant lo-fi-in-hi-fi pop, "Fourth of July on the Plains" is taking flight with spats of touring and blogosphere luv.California dwellers The Blacks (no relation to the '90s alt-country band) play hard-driving rock and roll with the barest essentials: drums, one guitar, one tambourine and a whole lotta moxie. The group has a place in tambourine history after handing out 100 of the suckers at a recent "tambourine experiment" show. Even without the gimmicks, the group drives 65 on full-throttle rock reminiscent of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.El Paso Hot Button is a one-man band from Norman, Okla., who kicks drums with his feet and plays wicked electric guitar with his hands. Alternately recalling the White Stripes and artier acts like Enon, EPHB is more about cool songs than flashy performances, though he performs some nifty jump tricks on stage.

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