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What's up with indie rock

Friends Records released a solid set of cassettes on July 11. On Holy Ghost Party's Weather Channel, echoing vocals, snappy percussion, and graceful guitar licks from Dope Body's Zachary Utz and David Jacober are fleshed out by malleteer extraordinaire Rod Hamilton to make a beautiful collection of whimsical jazz, soul, and rock. Synth-pop group Raindeer's brilliant debut, Tattoo, is full of memorable hooks and kooky arrangements. Brian Adam Ant's Unspecified Services offer up 00-00, featuring fractured songwriting and psychedelic sound collages. And finally Wing Dam's fuzzed-out indie-pop Thick Phase / No Splash is the band's first release as a trio.

Jubilant indie-poppers Sun...