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The Donkeys Staff Pick

When: Tue., July 22, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: Free
www.theurbanloungeslc.com
San Diego's The Donkeys are a quintessential California band, and not just because all of its four members hail from different parts of the Golden State. With mellow vocals, surf guitar and touches of Hawaiian music, their '60s-influenced sound evokes the West Coast's hazy summer sunshine, rugged beauty and easygoing attitude with impressive musicianship. The Hold Steady's Craig Finn said it best in The Donkeys' bio: "It is rare to find a band that is so laid-back and so compelling at the same time." The Donkeys' new album, Ride the Black Wave—their debut on Easy Sound Recording Co., released in June—is stunning and lighthearted, especially "Bahamas" and the simple "I Heart Alabama," in which they sing about how they're "gonna keep my home in California/ Not going anywhere" even though they love other places they've been. The Wild War will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker, City Weekly)

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