Boat's music raised the group to my personal ranking of Most Important New Local Band, and their music packaging and show posters also rank high. Like their music, Boat's paper accompaniments show ingenuity, charm, and a refreshing sense of humor. These cut-out heads and talk bubbles (some simply inform us that "Boat rules!") are just so damn cute, I can barely stand it. Their self-released CD even has an interactive paper ocean that sways and churns. Deal with that! CORIANTON HALE

w/Little Champions, the Elephants, Ed

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