Damn these manipulative bastards: The way to our hearts is through childhood cartoons, and Reptar clearly knows it. (“Rugrats”! Nickelodeon! What are you, a monster?) Fortunately, the Athens, Georgia, quartet is every bit as captivating as their 2D dinosaur namesake, pumping tinny synths, tropicalia pipes, and affable hippie-dippie chanting through genuinely fun dance-pop. We’re lucky this one worked out, children of the ’90s: “Rocko and the Modern Lives” are probably forming as we speak, and that will not be pretty. With Young the Giant and 1,2,3.

Thu., April 14, 9 p.m., 2011

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 6, 2011

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