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Preview: Bleached

Noah Bonaparte Pais on the sister act coming to the Circle Bar



Like the absent subjects of so many Bleached songs, Mika Miko is gone and it's not coming back. Getting over it is the crux and crucible of Jennifer and Jessica Clavin's new sister act, a band formed out of a breakup, unable to forget the past and yet still condemned to repeat it — in overlapping choral form, at the top of their lungs, over a de rigueur sweet-and-sour concoction of girl-group pop smarts and punk-guitar snarls. You don't have to take the 405 to find a similar L.A. story: Bethany Cosentino, who left behind the draining drones of Pocahaunted for the sun and surf of California dreamer Best Coast and never looked back. As Bleached, the Clavins look back, though not to their past-life cachet and monosyllabic barks as pit-masters of Los Angeles' all-ages headquarters The Smell. "Boy, don't tell me I'm crazy," Jennifer sings on "Searching Through the Past," the power-pop powerhouse off debut LP Ride Your Heart (Dead Oceans). It's a universally blue plea — crazy for you, crazy for feeling so lonely — that from Miko Mika would've come across as a code-red threat. Hunters opens. Tickets $10. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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