In the middle of the otherwise barren Colorado Desert in Southern California, second only to Death Valley in its utter desolation, there is the improbable Salton Sea, an enormous man-made saltwater lake created pretty much by accident in the early years of the 20th century. The crazed garage punk outfit Throw Rag are local boys, and the parallels between the landscape of their youth and the music they make are inescapable. Throw Rag's music brings together elements of vintage rockabilly, the Irish folk-punk of the Pogues, the minimalist pop suss of the Ramones and the Undertones, an oddly piratical band persona that recalls, of all people, the near-forgotten U.K. post-punks Tenpole Tudor, plus some good old-fashioned low desert country and blues along with the requisite dose of snotty garage band attitude. Yet somehow the group manages ...
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