Frequency Modulation Edition, Part 2: Rookie, Paint, The Third Mind & Music Band

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Rookie: Rookie

After a week off (too busy rockin’!), we’re back with the second half of our FM-radio-ready batch of recs (part one is here). Let’s get right to it, shall we? First up is the self-titled debut of Chicago sextet ROOKIE. From the opening air-guitar-inducing riffs of the first track, you’ll swear you’ve been transported to the last day of school 1976, Dazed & Confused style. Every one of these tracks takes you there: great songwriting, electric electric guitars and that certain something. Dig it, won’t you?

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Paint: Spiritual Vegas

Heading out to Los Angeles for some southern Cali rock vibes, check out Spiritual Vegas the sophomore album from Paint. Paint is the solo effort of Pedrum Siadatian who came into the scene as one quarter of Allah-las. This band captures that same stoney vibe, perhaps one toke or two further into the evening. Old school psychedelic guitars, charmingly drowsy lead vocals and a little cosmic doo-wop to match, Siadatian and his band of ringers channel that certain summer-of-love section of the FM dial perfectly. Give it a listen and enjoy!

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The Third Mind: The Third Mind

While our listening is still nice and trippy, it’s time to head up the California coast for some real deal by-the-Bay shit. The self-titled debut from The Third Mind is one of those records I can’t believe so few people are talking about, because everyone I’ve turned on to have been thankful for the rec. Which now includes you! This supergroup of sidemen channel the real-deal San Fran birth-of-psych-rock sound – you know, Santana, Airplane, the Dead … – taking six mostly covers and jamming them into their own thing. It’s classic and it’s modern all at once, a must listen. Trust me.

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Music Band: Celebration

And finally, let’s finish up this two-week’er down in Nashville, which seems to be the hotbed for all the best new straight rock bands out there these days. I love that these guys just call themselves Music Band, it gets barely any more no-frills than that. But don’t that just fit their sound: high energy, straight up, try-not-to-love-it rock and roll. Their latest release came out in April, it’s called Celebration and, damn, that’s what it is! A celebration, a record that revels in the sheer joy to be found in some no-frills rock and roll. Listen to the opening track, turn up the volume and just try to press stop before this one’s done… I dare ya!

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