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On its excellent 2008 self-titled debut, Milwuakee-based The Trusty Knife sounds like The Shins covering The Dave Clark Five. Get beyond the usual indie trappings—clanging guitars, self-effacing geekiness, xylophones—and what you have is a good-time rock ’n’ roll dance band (as in sock hops, not Studio 54). “Now You See Me Now You Don’t” has an incredibly catchy melody, but what really drives the song is how Ross Bachhuber’s soulful bass flows into Brock Gourlie’s drums, creating a rhythm so simple and insistent that it all but drives you to the nearest dance circle populated by poodle-skirted girls named Sandy. -A.V. Club website
Members: Zack Pieper, Anton Sieger, Ross Bachhuber, Brock Gourlie
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