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THURSDAY: Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns, the Ex-Boyfriends • SATURDAY: Pale Pacific, Controlling the Famous, Kris Doty


On Thursday, the Ex-Boyfriends and Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns take the Bouquet stage. The Ex-Boyfriends play power-pop tunes full of bright, sharp guitar and Chriso, Colin and Peter share the vocal load. Their lyrics are funny and if you dig the Killers, you'll love these guys. (I was just imagining all of my ex-boyfriends together on one stage ... I have to go wash my brain out with soap.)

When Ryan McPhun and all the Ruby Suns get up to play, they may have to sit on each other's shoulders. This sextet (fresh off a gig at SXSW) covers such an array of musical genres that it's difficult to imagine how they'll be able to get all the bodies and instruments and effect pedals in one small space. However they arrange themselves, be there to see and hear it. Their sound has been described as "popadelic," which is as good a description as any. Ryan McPhun's music reflects the time he spent time in New Zealand mixed with hints of everything from the Beach Boys to Squeeze and all sounds in between, above, below and around.

On Saturday, The Pale Pacific, Controlling the Famous and Kris Doty bring more smart pop to the Bouquet. Kris Doty is an amazing songstress whose lyrics are complemented beautifully by her ethereal singing and songwriting. See her every time you can.

Controlling the Famous brings the energy up with great distortion effects, hot drum lines, and emotional, serious singing.

Pale Pacific was in town not long ago and hopefully the fact that they're back so soon is a sign that this may be a trend for them. Their music is clean, bright indie rock/pop that's impossible to not to love. The changes in the songs are surprising and they have the kind of sound that's familiar but totally their own. Their original songs are well-written and very well-played and with songs like "Tribute to Billy Joel" (a BJ cover), the band shows their sense of humor and still showcases their musicianship.

--Amy Atkins

Thursday, 9 p.m., $2; Saturday, 9 p.m., $3; The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., 345-6605