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Local H, 12 Angry Months
Shout Factory Records, May 13
Two-man ’70s-tinted surf-grunge outfit from middle-of-nowhere, Illinois, begins their 6th album with a Trojan horse of ’70s-radio guitar arpeggios Andrew Gold would like, Scott Lucas’s voice playing melodramatic possum as though looking for a backup gig with Ben Folds. Then the Kool-Aid Guy busts down the wall, whereupon “The One with ‘Kid’” pleasantly whips itself into a bubble-punk-speed ruckus influenced by every frantic-sounding rock-thing from early Blue Oyster Cult to Franz Ferdinand.

Keeping in mind that this band’s been around for 20 years, you sort of have to forgive all the Nirvana/Foo Fighters theft on “Michelle (Again),” but don’t knock yourself out doing so. If they were doing it by the book, Local H would be eating some of Last Goodnight’s soccer-mom-indie lunch, and that’s probably their most appealing characteristic. B-Eric W. Saeger