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Crocodiles Summer of Hate

Crocodiles could be lumped in with the rest of the lo-fi garage-rock acts currently making the blog rounds (Vivian Girls, Wavves, etc.), but none of those bands has written anything quite as infectious as “I Want to Kill,” a reverb-drenched pop gem that sounds like Jesus and Mary Chain infused with a healthy dose of California sunshine. The San Diego duo, which features former members of The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, combines a fuzzy DIY aesthetic with a pop sensibility that recalls everything from ’60s soul to ’80s new wave. “Soft Skull” is a brash and stompy standout, while the title track slows things down as the boys craft a beautiful mess of psychedelic guitar squall.

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