Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

The Fratellis / The Horrors


Los Angeles trio BRMC kick started their career with a heavy debt to The Jesus and Mary Chain but have since evolved to incorporate more blues and traditional folk flavors (particularly on 2005's "Howl"). The group's fourth major label effort "Baby 81" hits the streets May 1 with plenty of effects-addled guitars and darkly nuanced psychedelic rock tunes tailored for smoke-machine-and-strobe-light bliss. Openers The Fratellis are rising stars in their own right with their infectious tune "Flathead" plastering iTunes commercials. The UK trio is danceable and poppy in equal measure, recalling fellow hot-button Brits The Arctic Monkeys.


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