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San Francisco’s Scissors for Lefty, inevitably bound for increasing national and international recognition (now distributed by Eenie Meenie Records and Rough Trade, respectively), will release their new record Underhanded Romance on June 12. It wasn’t too long ago when this hard working troupe was playing weeknight shows at smaller clubs in the city. Armed with a penchant for airtight choruses, hooky bass throbs and often half-naked but whole-hearted live performances, the boys will play a smattering of live CD Release shows in the Bay Area, including Live 105’s BFD (Shoreline Ampitheater, June 9) and the Independent (June 15).

On Underhanded Romance, SFL marks a quintessential intersection of indie rock and dancefloor teasers amidst washes of nearly antiseptic fuzz guitar and occasional overriding piano and synth melodies. Vocalist Bryan Garza dabbles in Robert Smith-esque phrasings, invoking the bouncier side of early Cure or the band can flip on a dime for a driving number reminiscent of a younger Strokes. The record is definitely worth your hard earned coin, and you can purchase it in advance here.

The band serves as the main stage opener at the Shoreline show, slated for a 6pm slot. The party at The Independent on June 15th begins at 9pm, and is 21+. Tickets for the latter show can be purchased here.