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Hayley & The Crushers at The Triple Nickel show preview

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Hayley & The Crushers, with Shiii Whaaa, Chief White Lightning and Bad Year; Thursday, July 19, 8 p.m., $5, all-ages, 477-9555, triplenickeltavern.com. - JENNY ASHLEY
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  • Hayley & The Crushers, with Shiii Whaaa, Chief White Lightning and Bad Year; Thursday, July 19, 8 p.m., $5, all-ages, 477-9555, triplenickeltavern.com.
Early Go-Go’s recordings are the most frequent touchstones cited in reviews of Hayley & The Crushers, a comparison that tends to overlook the fact that the latter band is two-thirds male and clearly favors glittery surf-punk over sparkly vocal harmonies. But Hayley and company have, in fact, recorded a spot-on version of “This Town,” while original tracks like “Hotshot” could pass for forgotten Go-Go’s B-sides. On their 2016 debut album Jewel Case, the San Luis Obispo trio dabbles in the kind of 1960s girl-group sass and wall-of-sound arrangements that suggest repeated conjugal visits with Phil Spector. Any risk of saccharine sweetness, meanwhile, is mitigated by Hayley Crusher’s psychobilly guitar riffs and Reid Cain’s chronically distorted bass, which sounds like it’s being playing through a Fender Bassman whose speakers were blown at least four decades ago. This evening’s entertainment will also feature Josh Logan — co-founder of Austin stoner-rock stalwarts Blind Pets — whose ironically theatrical Chief White Lightning persona may be a side-effect of watching too many Father John Misty videos. As good as both of these acts are, it would be unwise to overlook Colorado Springs’ own garage-pop geniuses Shiii Whaaa, a band that’s entirely capable of blowing everyone else off the stage. 

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