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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Bottle Rockets
"South Broadway Athletic Club" (Bloodshot)
The Yawpers
"American Man" (Bloodshot)

Bloodshot is a quintessentially American label, an ocean-deep, mile-wide source of real sounds from real people. And these new label releases are exactly in that laudable company.

The Bottle Rockets' unerring pop sensibilities are sifted through woodgrain everyman experiential perspectives; the unpretentious, guitar-heavy interpretations articulate at once familiar and magnetic musings.

The group has a long and enviable record of hefting high the torch of American music. And countless midnights on innumerable stages have culminated in a product too authentic and vivid for indifference. 

The Yawpers similarly give ample space to driven guitars. This fire rages furiously against the burn line; wise judiciousness gives it glorious freedom while scientifically minding the craft marker.

It's as true today as ever: All it takes to make music that matters is honesty, heart, and the will to shout.

Bottle Rockets:

Recommended "Monday (Everytime I Turn Around." "Building Chryslers." "I Don't Wanna Know." "Dog," "Big Fat Nuthin'," "XOYOU"

Video: "I Don't Wanna Know" (live)


Recommended "Deacon Brody," "Beale Street," "Doing It Right." "Burdens," "The Desert," "Walter"

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