Playing indie-pop in 2006 means making a choice: self-aware sincerity or actual sincerity. When you’re singing about teddy bears and rainbows, it’s hard not to go with the former, but then you lose some of the wide-eyed appeal. Still, The Society Islands (one Boris Rogowski, mostly) manage to pull it off pretty well. Kiss & Tell is a cute enough record, but it’s most successful — and genuine — when it avoids kitschy Boy Least Likely To production and sticks to the strummers. Jangle’s rarely ironic.
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My roommates and resident UCLAradio.com superstars are doing a new radio show, The Batcave. It’s on every Friday at 4 p.m., which means it’s on now, until 6 p.m. Pacific time — check it out.