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The ironic universality of American teenage fiction is admirable. Characters cry “nobody gets me,” as we sit at home, headphones on, nodding in agreement; blind to the irony. However, on their second outing, Chicago’s Ratboys buck this trend with an angsty slice of indie-rock that nods knowingly to the levity of misadventure.

Each song lilts with a country twang as Julia Steiner’s achey vocals weave sunburst and vivid stories of dead pets and heartbreaks on ice-rinks. “Westside” packs guitar riffs that reverberate with the cosmic flair of The War on Drugs and less like the current cultural touchstone for post-country, Pinegrove. Another signee to Topshelf that makes good on the label’s namesake. (www.ratboys.bandcamp.com)

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