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L.A. guitar-drums duo Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards play trashy blues-rock with a wink—a modern tradition rooted in music made 40 years ago. There’s plenty of White Stripes in their style, but their sound has a blown-out quality less Vintage Tube Amp and more Cheap Boombox Cranked to 10. Misspelling their own name is an attempt to play dumb, which only smart bands like them can do well. “Come on take a breath now,” Troy wails in a witchy cackle on EP highlight “End of the World.” “‘Cause life’s too short and the drummer’s exhausted.” At which point, she and Edwards cleverly go into overdrive.

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