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Maestro
Mescalito (independent)

This six-song disc is a brave and weird debut from local rock trio Maestro demonstrating the trio's penchant for oddball time signatures, guitar noise and effects, and sleepy-eyed conceptual ideas. The mix of Chris Patterson's freaked-out guitar reverb and the rumble of syncopation from bassist Taylor Nelson and drummer Jordan Herschaft on opening track "Zombie Western" sounds like a collaboration between Jethro Tull and Morphine. "Wax On" moves at a slightly slower pace, shifting in dynamics from raging full-on to barely audible. The more anthemic "Walkers & Wheelchairs" swings on a peppery 6/8 time; its low-tone harmonies resemble those of Alice in Chains. Is "Genta Man" in 5/4 or 5/8? It depends on who's counting ...or not. "Chasing Cannonballs" is perhaps the strongest rock track in the bunch, with the drums and bass locked in tightly and Patterson's grungy guitar work.


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Rosemont
These Streets Alone (independent)

Guitarist Ed Blanton, bass player Aaron Lawhon, and drummer Phil Capron released this well-polished and aggressively executed album over the winter. The self-produced (mostly by Blanton), 13-song collection falls right in line with a lot of the guitar-heavy, melodic "punk-pop" of late. There's an innocent toughness to the band's overall sound that propels many of their best songs, however. While many of the tunes — including the title track — owe a debt to the grinding four-chord rock sounds of Social D and Green Day and the hoarse vocal delivery of Joe Strummer, some grandiose standouts like the power anthem "The Opportune Moment" and the rapid-fire heartbreak song "Just Walk Away" really make their point. —T. Ballard Lesemann


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