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Cage The Elephant, Cage The Elephant
Jive Records, April 21

This thing, according to legend, just blew up the SXSW Festival, not difficult to imagine if you can dig Cold War Kids with a lot more Iggy Pop and Stones in them. Kentuckians sounding like Brit-rock jerks who’d rather leave a little blood on the stage than get babes, CTE are able to convince themselves that, hey, the hell with it, they invented “My Generation” before the Who did (leadoff track “In One Ear”) and that the Horrors would have done “Jumpin Jack Flash” better than the Stones (“James Brown”). Mudcat-blues about hookers is never a bad thing, and thus we have “Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked” (probably recently added to WFNX by now, unless they’re stupid), which brings me back to the Cold War Kids thing: the song is more in line with an impulsive White Stripes sloppy slide-guitar non sequitur, and it sure ain’t no “Saint John,” but it sure beats Kings of Leon by a few lengths (I know, I know, what doesn’t?). B+E, W. S.