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Rock 'n' Roll Call: NERO - Welcome Reality

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Welcome Reality

It still looks like NERD but it's NERO in block letters - the album is "Welcome Reality" and it's on Interscope. This is a big time electronic act out of Scary Olde England - two dudes, Daniel Stephens and Joseph Ray - occasional vocals from Alana Watson and a bazillion machines. Just as I can scarcely tell one car from another that is built after 1990 - it's the same with this stuff. My feet like it, so it's good enough for the rest of me. NERO - not the annoying emperor who was bumped off by his own slaves rather than be captured - but these guys remind me of hundreds of scantily clad young ladies gyrating in one of those giant tents at Coachella - always a good thing. In an unrelated and weird story - Interscope puts a glop of glue on all their CDs they send out, maybe to keep them from floating around in the oversized envelopes they use. Well, that glue really sucks - it won't come off and it's a hassle to stack CDs when you're done listening because of it. Solution: Forget the glue and/or use smaller mailers.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Far East Movement - Dirty Bass

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Dirty Bass

Far East Movement has released "Dirty Bass" and it's on Cherry Tree slash Interscope Records. Have you ever seen some twerp mobile so uglied up that it's laughable - the bigger the tires, the shorter the pinhead - anyway, we've all made that ick face when an unwelcome invasion from these disturbers of the peace with all bass all the time blasting out of its speakers to the point livers are quivering within a 12-block radius - at this point, your brain can think of nothing but "Yeah, I hear you, doofus!" Put this on, crank it up and be that guy. But why?

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Keane - Strangeland

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Talk about truth in advertising - the new Keane is pretty much just that (keen) and an integral part of an imaginary '60s law firm Groovy, Bitchen, Neat-o and Keane. Or not. Their new one, their fourth is called "Strangeland" and it's on Interscope. Now way back at the beginning - back to the "Hey, let's start a band phase," it's important to have one person that can sing. Put a check in that category - Tom Chaplin has that perfect indie pop rock voice, showcased on songs that are invariably cleverly concocted and fully as dangerous as whistling in the backyard. "Sovereign Light Cafe" has the most hooks on this piano driven band - as in no guitars and no guitar solos.

Keane - Strangeland (Deluxe) by Interscope Records

Rock 'n' Roll Call: We Are Serenades - Criminal Heaven

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Criminal Heaven

The debut from We Are Serenades is "Criminal Heaven" and it's on CherryTree slash Interscope. It's a couple of Swedes that speak better English than we do - and more importantly - they sing better as well. It's classic two guy basic pop - not so much unlike Chad & Jeremy or Peter & Gordon from way back but with more embellishment. Let me put it this way, grandma would not flip out and cut you out of the will if you put these guys on. "Come Home" is a most convincing miss-you-baby tune and "Oceans" will live in your head for daze as less is definitely a lot more. Then again, the guy wearing a Slayer shirt might throw rocks at you if you cruised by with We Are Serenades cranked up as this stuff is fully as dangerous as whistling in the backyard but good vocals are good vocals.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Imagine Dragons - Continued Silence

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Continued Silence

The new one from Imagine Dragons in an EP entitled "Continued Silence" and it's on Interscope. Not a hobbit's nightmare but rather, the next big thing to come out of Las Vegas. It's straight ahead rock, maybe even arena rock - do they still have that? Anyway, there's solid vocals by Dan Reynolds - the band has it down and all the right people are throwing around the right adjectives and the band is playing all the right gigs, and the check is evidently in the mail. "It's Time" is the hit single, not to mention a funny moment from one of the funniest TV shows ever, "Action." They're OK but no reason to get excited - not as entertaining as Panic at the Disco but light years better than Wayne Newton.

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