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Bad Veins (Cincinnati)
A staple of the Cincinnati scene and beyond since its 2007 birth, Bad Veins’ two full-length albums (2009’s self-titled debut and 2012’s The Mess We’ve Made) represent the evolution of a band that’s not afraid to indulge in overt melodies and clear-eyed production values. Frontdude/BV mastermind Ben Davis admitted as much to CityBeat when the latter was released last year: “If you have a big, awesome stereo, you’re going to hear crazy low-end sub-bass and really high-end frequency, intricate idiosyncrasies and details that were not on that first record.” Sure enough, newer tunes like the strings-laden “If Then,” the soaring “Child,” the driving, keyboard-infested “Dancing on TV” and the acoustic-tinged “Kindness” are addictive, richly textured sonic excursions of the highest order. Your stereo, awesome or not, will be pleased to meet them.
YDIIYD: Eels on uppers, The Cars doing Strokes covers, Grandaddy in space. (JG)