Bought two new CDs at Good Records today:

Red Monroe - Red Monroe

Red Monroe – Red Monroe

And …

The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America

The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America

Red Monroe is a local band. According to the guy at the record store (and Sam at BigDlittled ), their debut album sounds like Radiohead-circa-Pablo Honey era. I’ve heard the band Travis before, so I decided to pass on the debut and get their latest record instead. From the two tracks I heard in my car on the way back to work it sounds like Doug Martsch of Built to Spill and Isaac Whatever His Last Name Is of Modest Mouse got together (sexually), had a child, and named it Red Monroe. Not a bad thing at all, really.

The Hold Steady, on other hand, really like power chords. A lot of power chords. And big, sweeping Bruce Springsteen choruses thrown down in the middle of songs about drinking and hooking up. Thumbs up.

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