Trash-pop trio Tweens only formed in 2012, but the Cincinnati punks have managed to make a name for themselves with fans and tour mates like The Breeders and the Black Lips. It probably didn't hurt their speedy headway by having drummer Jerri Queen and bassist Peyton Copes of the already-established experimental punk act Vacation. Triumphant stints, most recently at SXSW and Nashville's Dead, have proven the kids know how to have a good time. Taking a cue from their name, Tweens are a combo of girl-gang pop and garage influence, creating a sound they've deemed "bubblegum badass," which ranges anywhere in influence from Shangri-Las to Palma Violets. With their freshman LP debuting on 4/8 via Frenchkiss and the weather warming up to somewhere 'tween freezing cold and fair-weathered, this is a good time to hear their new material. Maybe 21 isn't such a lame age after all.
Thu., April 3, 8 p.m., 2014