Though their EP has already garnered a bit of positive press locally, Total Babe's debut, Heatwave, has yet to be made available to the public. Tonight's show will celebrate the official release of this promising young band's disc, which features the stellar pop songwriting and '60s bubblegum melodies of 17-year-old frontwoman Clara Salyer. Unlike most teenaged bands just coming to terms with their personalities and stage personas, Total Babe have already begun to work the local club circuit, blending in among the pastiche of more seasoned bands as if they'd been playing together for years. Their EP-release party is made all the sweeter with the addition of a couple of other local bands on the rise: Larger-than-life rock two-piece Red Pens were the clear forerunners in this year's Picked to Click poll, while opener Communist Daughter marks the triumphant return of Friends Like These frontman Johnny Solomon, whose own refined ear for pop melody has been missing from the local scene in recent years. With La Crosse indie-rockers Porcupine. 18+. (Photo provided by artist)
Fri., Dec. 4, 9 p.m., 2009
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