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Good news! It took a while, but scientists have discovered precisely why it is that you like Pharrell's "Happy." And Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." And the Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing."

For that, we can thank the Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience at Denmark's Aarhus University, which assembled a research team to explore the deeply mysterious processes behind your love for that new Miley single.

"There is an inverted U-shaped relationship," it turns out, "between syncopation, body-movement and pleasure, and syncopation seems to be an important structural factor in embodied and affective responses to groove."

To reach that conclusion, the neuroscientists surveyed and tested a global sampling of 66 voluntary participants whose mean age was 30.14, with a standard deviation of 10.79. They also came up with cool bar graphs measuring the correlation between "Experience of Pleasure" and "Wanting to Move," as well as statistics that reveal the comparative groove familiarity of "Groove-Enjoyers" versus "Non-Groove-Enjoyers."

If all this has a certain ESL charm to it, remember that this was all done by scientists in a country that has given us Bikstok Røgsystem, Hjertestop and hundreds of other bands who've never heard of you, either.

"The results showed that medium degrees of syncopation elicited the most desire to move and the most pleasure, particularly for participants who enjoy dancing to music."

Or, as Deee-Lite would have put it, groove is in the heart. To follow the intricate path that led to this breakthrough, read the whole study at tiny.cc/lgwvgx.

In less esoteric but no less important news, this year's What's Left Festival is shaping up to be bigger and louder than ever.

"I really want this to be the coolest thing this town has seen," says promoter Bryan Ostrow of the event, which will be held June 20 and 21 at the Black Sheep. "I want it to be something on the level of MeadowGrass and Blues Under the Bridge, but for us fuck-ups."

To that end, the event will feature some 30 acts on two alternating stages. Bands will be driving in from such exotic locales as Arizona (Swamp Wolf), Oklahoma (Deerpeople), Arkansas (The Sound of the Mountain), Minnesota (Moodie Black) and Texas (Greedy Mouth, Gaff, ExxxSxxx). Closer-to-homegrown acts will also cover a wide range of genres, from indie rock (El Toro de la Muerte, Foster) to hip-hop (Wheelchair Sports Camp, A Black Day).

This will also be an all-too-rare opportunity to catch Colorado Springs' favorite Oi! band, 99 Bottles, who manage to spend more time playing out on tour than they do in their own hometown.

But if you can't wait until What's Left, you could head up to Denver's Marquis Theater this coming Sunday to catch 99 Bottles on a bill with U.K. legends The Business, who've been going strong since the late '70s.

As chronicled in the book Spirit of '69: A Skinhead Bible, the South London band continues to battle the prevailing stereotypes that led to their "Oi Against Racism and Political Extremism ... But Still Against the System" tour.

The Business also scored points with British football fans thanks to their "England 5, Germany 1" single, which became a stadium anthem after the 2001 World Cup qualifying match. And with the 2014 cup just a week away, what better way to celebrate?

Send news, photos and music to reverb@csindy.com; follow our updates at tiny.cc/indyreverb.

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