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Perhaps too optimistic.

Jadestone, Darwin's Waiting Room, and Harry Dash have a few traits in common. All three bands augment the guitar/bass/drums approach with loops and samples that fortify the mix and give it more depth. With particularly fortuitous timing, Harry Dash saw the release of its new CD, Modern Life, coincide with the March 9 show at the Hard Rock. To date, the band's career high points have included songs used in commercials for Levi's, J&B Scotch, and on the NBC drama Third Watch.

Darwin's Waiting Room takes away some of Harry's smiley-face pop and replaces it with a bit more mechanization and a background of bubbling synths, belying a SoBe dance-culture influence. The band has two songs, "Innocense" and "Transparent," available for download at mp3.com.

And Jadestone -- which plays Alligator Alley April 27 -- opts for a smooth, easy-to-swallow method of delivery on its new Transmission EP, with mixed results. "Happiness Motel" is sparkly and jangly, with fairly engaging vocal harmonies and nice melody lines, though its busy guitar solo could have been lifted from an old Journey album. Then there's "We Gotta Learn," which takes a big step backward in its attempt to make the planet a better place. Rabble-rousing sociopolitical analysis along the lines of "I see an old lady cry 'cause she's got no food tonight/Politicians raise the taxes all the time," and other dangerous, revolutionary thoughts of that ilk should be kept secret. As Voltaire once commented, "Anything too stupid to be said is sung."

Contact Jeff Stratton at his e-mail address: jeff.stratton@newtimesbpb.com

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