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Frankie & the Heartstrings
Homebase: Sunderland, England
Sounds like: A Britpop dance party
Etc.: Frontman Frankie Francis started off as a bassist. “He was the worst bassist ever,” drummer Dave Harper told The Guardian. “Asking him to sing was the only way to get him off the bass.”
See them: Oct. 20 at Littlefield at 9 p.m., Oct. 21 at The Delancey at 11:45 p.m.

“Tender” by Frankie & the Heartstrings:
Good Kids Sprouting Horns
Homebase: Portland, Maine
Sounds like: Being wrapped in a blanket on a rainy day
Etc.: Keyboardist Jessamy Luthin is a classically-trained pianist.
See them: Oct. 23 at Trash Bar at 10:15 p.m.

“Tight White Lines” by Good Kids Sprouting Horns:
Howlies
Homebase: Atlanta, Ga.
Sounds like: Sometimes pop, sometimes rock, always with a wink
Etc.: The boys have a sense of humor, as evidenced in the video for the 21st century doo-wop anthem “Aluminum Baseball Bat.”
See them: Oct. 21 at Union Hall at 8 p.m., at Fontana’s at 11:15 p.m., at Trash Bar at midnight.

“Aluminum Baseball Bat” by Howlies:
I’m Turning Into
Homebase: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sounds like: High intensity psych-pop
Etc.: You can download four free tracks from the group recorded with The Señors of Marseille here.
See them: Oct. 23 at Spike Hill at 2:15 p.m.

“Super” by I’m Turning Into:
Janka Nabay
Homebase: New York, N.Y. by way of Sierra Leone
Sounds like: African bubu music mixed with modern beats
Etc.: Nabay is known as “The Bubu King” in Sierra Leone and is credited with modernizing and reviving the traditional genre.
See them: Oct. 19 at Cake Shop at 10:10 p.m.

“Eh Congo” by Janka Nabay:

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