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After we interview a band, we like to ask them to recommend other Bay Area groups that we should check out. It’s safe to say that one of the groups mentioned most often by their peers is San Francisco’s The Lovely Public. In fact, they’ve been suggested to us twice since we interviewed them a couple weeks ago.

It’s immediately apparent why so many different bands are fans after hearing Burning Tape at the Mystery Dinner, the band’s debut full-length album, released last year. During our interview, the band members facetiously blamed their genre-defying sound on their short attention spans, but it’s clear that their mix of indie rock, punk, and experimental pop elements, among others, stems more from talent than boredom. Alternately hummable and rocking, challenging and catchy, this is an excellent album.

We sat down with Jason, Joe, Nacera and Chris at The Bay Bridged Headquarters a few weeks ago to talk about the album and to find out how the band is continuing to evolve. In this episode, you’ll hear three selections from Burning Tape at the Mystery Dinner as well an exclusive track titled “Urban Peasants.”

You can next catch them performing live this Friday:

Friday, March 23rd
Edinburgh Castle
w/ Modular Set and Meho Plaza
9:30pm, $5

Hear more music from The Lovely Public at their MySpace page and visit their web site here. You can purchase Burning Tape at the Mystery Dinner online at both Aquarius Records and CDBaby.

Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with another new podcast episode next Tuesday. In the meantime, we’ll continue bringing you daily local music news updates every Monday through Thursday.