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Nothing fancy, here. This unknown Massachusetts four play a solid, punchy, new wave, jangle pop with a much tougher Chuck Berry rock & roll sense in their rhythm section and in their vocals. For instance, "Subterranean Kids on Heroin" and "Someone to Beat" sound like second-LP Velvet Crush or any number of Parasol and Not Lame groups only with a lot more early Rolling Stones in them. These guys don't tickle, they shake and boogie, and near the end of the song, Dan Kopko cuts loose with a sharp set of bellows like the white blues of the young Rod Stewart. His voice is even more apparent on the two best songs, "The Breathing of the Day" and "Look Out My Window," when the acoustic guitar comes out, the drums and bass shuffle politely in the background with a breezy accordion, and Kopko surprisingly morphs into a sweet-voiced balladeer like the Merry Go Round's Emit Rhodes or Badfinger's Pete Ham with better grace. (96 Oak St., Stoneham, MA 02180)

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