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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Booze release Rebirth of the Cool

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The arrival of the Booze's latest CD, Rebirth of the Cool, reminds us all of two things. First, these guys can write some pretty catchy songs. That's undeniable. Secondly, playing dress up, like you're a member of the Mod Squad, even when you're off the stage, can rub people the wrong way.

Here's an example. In March of '08 the group received a shout out from Perez Hilton, and when they re-posted it on their Myspace page one angry viewer commented, "man this sucks, you guys suck, myspace sucks, music in general sucks, this shit isnt even real. i hate you."

It's a bit extreme, but we can all understand the sentiment.

Now that we have that out of the way, Rebirth of the Cool is a great return to '60s rock form for the Booze that sharpens the group's aesthetics. "No Big Thing,"  "There Goes My Girl," which features a duet with Ashley Salisbury from the Stolen Hearts, and "Railway 188" are soulful pop peaks in an album steeped in harmonica, slide guitars and the blues. Not Stevie Ray Vaughn blues, mind you. This record leans more toward a Yard Birds kind of sound, most of which was written in London while Michael was there playing guitar for Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jongs, and was recorded in Atlanta in January. For their show at Vinyl on Sat., Feb. 20 the group is pulling double duty as they're also performing as Muddy Waters Jr.'s backing band.

$10-$12. 8 p.m. (doors). Muddy Waters Jr. Biters and Tres Bien also perform. Vinyl. 1374 West Peachtree St. 404-885-1365.

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