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By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email
What: Grouplove and Portugal. The Man

When: 7 p.m. Friday, August 22nd

Where: Stir Cove, Harrah's Casino, 1 Harrah's Boulevard, Council Bluffs

Tickets: $45

Web: and

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I'm really into Grouplove. When I typed that sentence in an email this week I paused and then quickly followed it up with "such a great band!" I wanted to be sure the person receiving my email didn't misinterpret it as a proclamation of a love for swinging. Because I don't ... swing. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

The Grouplove of which I speak is the name of a band and what a fine band it is. Grouplove, which splits headlining duties with Portugal.The Man on Friday (August 22nd) at Stir Cove, is a Los Angeles-based musical crew that's part indie rock hipsters and part hippie freedom-seekers. I imagine they smell like a mix of patchouli and espresso. They're a tad weird, too, which is probably why I like them so much.

But how they smell is irrelevant. The point is, this band is worth discovering because once you do you'll wonder how your iPod ever got along without them. I've had the band's latest album, “Spreading Rumours,” on repeat for the past two weeks and it's nowhere near to getting tired. Neither is “Never Trust A Happy Song,” Grouplove's 2011 debut set.

Look, I could go on for days with superlatives for this band, but I'll let you listen to their infectious pop-rock sound for yourself. Curious ears can get their fill by clicking here to see "Ways To Go," an absolutely hook-filled song (like so many of Grouplove's ditties) that will linger for days.

You're welcome.

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