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they stole the show with their stirring mix of pretty pop and pained punk. Within the course of one song, such as “Doctor” from the debut EP, “Oh Please,” dol- lys can go from exquisitely high harmonies to bashing on their in- struments to the point of nearly breaking them. Vocalist-drummer Natalie Newbold is without ques- tion one of the most exciting per- formers in music today. The way she can keep time, sing her guts out and lyrically convey strong emotions connected to loss and regret is a whirlwind of talent that needs to be recognized by a larger audience than 100 people crammed into a basement. And the way guitarist Jeff Lane and bassist Erik Kase Romero compli- ment her with tasteful playing, exquisite harmonies, and a beau- tiful friendship is a joy to behold. Based on the three new songs they played, especially the Latin- tinged “On the Mend,” dollys’ next LP due in August could be as strong as 2016’s best local release, “low year.” Hodera also have a great new batch of songs that they finally will dollys NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 3 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 134