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It's time to swing and sway to the scrumptious bits of rock and do wop Boston's Drug Rug pack this set from the FADER Sideshow with. While certainly rambunctious, Drug Rug also manage to come off oh so adorable…knowing Sarah Cronin is spoken for by the semi-bearded gent killing it on the guitar to the right of her has a tendency to create such anti-rock and roll images. Of course, as long as the two are together, they'll never escape it. Moving on…

What you need to know is there is loads more to this duo than their love for one and another...especially considering they plop a full band on stage with them. Together, Drug Rug lay out a rather screeching hotbed of riffs, cymbal kicks, broken piano keys, and fire siren vocals; all this and you may find yourself only one song into this performance. Later on in the set, the band cruise into more soulful territory, drawing cool-tone sax lines and sing along "sho be doo bop bops" at will. I'll admit, it can be a lot to take in. So your head doesn't explode, pick this one apart piece by piece, viewing after blessed viewing. - David Pitz

Artist Bio

Taking their name from a popular slang expression for the sort of cheap, colorful poncho or wall hanging one might pick up as a souvenir in a Mexican border town, Drug Rug are far from the sort of electric kool-aid refreshed, stoner-rocking hippie wannabes one might expect from the band name. Instead, the duo of singing guitarists Sarah Cronin and Thomas Allen fall more into the self-consciously adorable subcategory of indie pop that tends to garner words like "shambling," "twee," and "lo-fi" in its reviews. Drug Rug formed in 2006 in Cambridge, MA, when Cronin and Allen met while working behind the bar at the legendary Central Square indie rock mecca The Middle East. Striking up a personal and creative partnership, the duo began writing and performing together as a folk-influenced acoustic duo, soon drafting various friends from the local pop scene (including members of Tulsa, Apollo Sunshine, and the Dead Trees) to fill out their sound both live and on tape. After signing to the indie label Black and Greene Records, Drug Rug released their self-titled debut in the fall of 2007. - All Music

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