"The pop music scene in Providence needs a serious kick in the tush and we're the band willing to do the kicking," said Mr. Byleckie via email.

FUN STUFF Lemon Lime Tennis Shoes.

LEMON LIME TENNIS SHOES + HERRA TERRA + FIGHTING THE INFLUENCE | Saturday, March 26 @ 9 pm |The Ruins at the Colosseum, 180 Pine Street, Providence | 18+ | $5 | 401.274.2240

LEMON LIME TENNIS SHOES (lemonlimetennisshoes.com): Veteran ska-rockers hailing from Warwick, they've played countless shows since their 2003 inception. I checked in with lead singer/guitarist Matt Kelley:

"We've switched from a ska-based sound to more of a pop-rock-ska sound — still the same fun stuff, just a little more distortion," he said. "The songs are more polished and catchy while staying true to our ska roots.

"We do it purely for the love of the music," Kelley responded when I asked if LLTS is out for fun or blood. "Do what you love and dance while you do it!"


HERRA TERRA (herraterra.com): Fresh off a trip to SXSW, the quartet (with ties to PVD, Worcester, and Boston) released their acclaimed debut Quiet Geist last year, and a booming, electro-fied track like "Ejection Seats" just may seal the deal on Saturday. Herra Terra was a semi-finalist in last year's Rock Hunt.

YA GOTTA HAVE FAITH Fighting the Influence.

FIGHTING THE INFLUENCE (fightingtheinfluence.com): The Fall River entry describes their approach: "Ambient alt-rock sound infused with the synth hooks of mainstream pop." They don't want to be referred to as a "Christian band," but the quartet clearly is down with JC (check the Statement of Faith section on the site). A seven-track eponymous EP will be followed by their debut full-length, Come Alive, scheduled for next month.

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