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Snobbish? No. Très snotty? Mais oui, mes amis! The opposite of brie-eating sommeliers, Les Hatepinks defy American stereotypes of the French as pretentious foodies and poets. This bratty quartet plays ’80s-inspired garage punk that’s taut, tuneful, and pierced by both skinny-tie New Wave hooks and snide cynicism: Imagine the Briefs’ snarky, smart-aleck pogo pop given a Francophiliac twist. And they don’t spare themselves from criticism, either, as songs like “I’m a Gimmick (New Wave Punque Is Fuquing Shit)” prove — that is, if you can understand their accent. In any case, freedom fries will not be served when Les Hatepinks cook up Frenchie punk for American bellies on Sunday, Jan. 18, at Thee Parkside. 8 p.m., $6 USD (4.5 Euros); call 252-1330 or visit www.theeparkside.com. — John Graham
Sun., Jan. 18, 8 p.m., 2009

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