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All-girl Beijing band Hang on the Box is one of the few punk rock bands right now who literally wear their credentials on their sleeves, dressing the part as well as playing the music. They wouldn’t look out of place in 1976 London. It’s all a bit naff, you might think. But remarkably, Hang on the Box’s debut album, “Yellow Banana,” is the freshest record I’ve heard this year.

Many “punk” bands lose their way when trying to update the sound by incorporating metal, rap, electronica or what have you. Hang on the Box hasn’t spent any time worrying about such things; the result is damn good tunes. There’s not a single duff track here.

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