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Vicious Guns, Cary Ann Hearst

When: Thu., July 29 2010

Glamorous platinum blonde Jennie Vicious, the female half of Toronto-based electronic rock duo Vicious Guns, is a little intimidating at first glance. Something about the singer/bassist’s appearance makes her seem as though her vocals may be a bit angry — and a name like Vicious Guns only adds to this initial assumption. Surprisingly, the music Jennie makes with guitarist/vocalist Richey Vicious is much softer than expected. Their new single “Newchain” places sweet vocal harmonies at the forefront. The sound of the group’s synthetic drums fades into the background, leaving only Jennie’s lovely voice in the spotlight, with the support of Richey’s. The duo’s music is dynamic. For instance, the pulsing synthetic pop sound of “Friends Aren’t Friends” makes it seem like a song you might hear remixed in an underground dance club. It has an almost ’80s-pop quality to it that just makes you want to dance. The pair’s first album, Love’s Sweet Exile (Planetary Group), drops Sept. 7 and is currently available on iTunes. —Kelly Smith

Price: $5

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