In the same sunny 60’s style of garage/power pop that Nikki and the Corvettes made popular in the 80’s, Milwaukee’s Sugar Stems make good on bright boy-girl harmonies, big, upbeat guitar riffs and tales of relationship woes turned sunny from sheer musical tone and energy. Singer/guitarist, Betsy Borst is the undeniable backbone of the outfit (which includes Drew Fredrichsen on guitar/vox, Stephanie Swinney on bass and Jon Heibler on drums). Borst’s voice has similar strong qualities to it as of Neko Case and her work in the pop outfit the New Pornographers — honey-tinged, but with enough bite to give it credibility. Fredrichsen (Jetty Boys, Leg Hounds) adds an even more substantial quality and interesting spin with his vocal harmonies and stellar guitar work to create a sound that is part polished, part raw and all power (pop). Catch the Sugar Stems tonight on Local/Live at 8 p.m. (tune in at 91.7 FM on your radio dial or stream/download in the archives at WMSE.org) and catch them at the Turner Hall Ballroom this Saturday, August 14th as they open for Jaill. They will be celebrating with a co-release show for their new full-length, The Sweet Sounds of the Sugar Stems, which will be released on CD on Dream On Records [Japan], on vinyl on Dusty Medical Records [MKE] and on Bachelor Records in Austria for an alternate European vinyl pressing. Jaill will release That’s How We Burn on Sub Pop.