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By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 14, 2012

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THE OKAY WIN

BRADLEY'S ALMANAC | bradleysalmanac.com | It takes something pretty special to stand apart from the current glut of bands channeling early-'90s, guitar-based indie rock, especially here in Boston where those kind of bands are a nickel-a-dozen. If you're sticking to its relatively restrictive guitars/bass/drums formula, the intangibles have to shine: a knack for melody, infectious hooks, and a sincere delivery that no amount of practice or Berklee classes can get you. The Okay Win have all these in abundance, especially evidenced on their just-released Leveled EP, which feels like a culmination of what they've been striving for over three years and three albums. Hit up their Bandcamp page for a name-your-price download, and their YouTube channel for regular video updates from frontman Stephen MacDonald, as well as the first of five clips that will accompany each track from the EP.

_Brad Searles  

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