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The Long Blondes, ‘Someone to Drive You Home’ (Rough Trade/ Beggars Group)

The Long Blondes’ Kate Jackson sings like she has amazing taste in lipstick, delivering smart, sex-as-a-weapon lyrics with a swaggering smirk that conveys both glam-charged confidence and femme-specific vulnerability. Fans of X-Ray Spex but haters of Nirvana, the Sheffield-based band weds cattiness and punk-inspired spunk to studied pop-culture references (did she just say, “I feel like C.C. Baxter in Billy Wilder’s Apartment“?) like Elastica gone pop or No Doubt gone indie. Either way, it’s ridiculously entertaining.

Now Hear This: The Long Blondes – “Once and Never Again” DOWNLOAD MP3

Now Watch This: The Long Blondes – “Once and Never Again”