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BEST BAND EVERYONE CAN AGREE ON 

Shy Boys

Critics' Choice

Very few bands we're enthusiastic about — local or national — make music that we feel good about foisting upon our parents. But we're fairly confident that Mom and Dad — hell, maybe even Grandma — could get down with Shy Boys. The trio of roommates (brothers Kyle and Collin Rausch, with Konnor Ervin) originally planned to be a cover band, specializing in hits from the late 1950s and early '60s: "Cathy's Clown," "Never My Love," "At the Hop." Instead, they started writing original songs informed by that era. The result is gentle, harmony-rich pop — kind of like surf music on Xanax. Shy Boys' sets are almost too quiet for a noisy club, which is why the band plays a lot of house shows and DIY venues — typically the province of edgier crowds. But such are this act's charms that its golden-oldies aesthetic is as beloved among the art-school crowd as it would be in your dad's Dodge Stratus.

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