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May 19, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

This dance-happy, new-wave-friendly California act’s self-titled EP was full of jumpy bass pops and thick synth hooks — the soundtrack to a Day-Glo-tinted barbecue in your brain. On their first CD, Torches, the trio reach for those same plateaus but can’t stretch that far, despite closing strong with the rugged neck-snapper ”Warrant.” Still, like the best dance parties, there are several opportunities to shake, sweat, and hug your neighbor. B

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