Cynics

Neo-garage-psychedelia from a Pittsburgh quintet weaned on “the punk explosions of ’66 and ’77,” the Cynics are long-running standouts in an overworked genre. They achieve a quintessential evocation of their ancestors’ glorious sound on Blue Train Station and Twelve Flights √úp. Gregg Kostelich’s guitars buzz with primal distortion as Michael Kastelic blurts out the lyrics…

Frisbie

Frisbie is not an intentional misspelling of the Wham-O flying disc but the last name of one of the founders — singer/guitarist Steve Frisbie. Similar to the Posies, Chicago’s Frisbie wields pop power relying heavily on vocal harmonizing. After generating buzz with their 2000 debut, The Subversive Sounds of Love, they lost their momentum when…

Cinerama

David Gedge has always made the most of a limited vocal range — and an equally narrow topical range. No matter the musical context, the Leeds singer/guitarist writes nothing but love songs. That ethos remained in place even after he iced the Wedding Present — of which he was the only start-to-finish member — in…

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