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Weezer, The Last Internationale CL Recommends

When: Wed., April 2 2014
Price: $69.50

Just when it seems that everybody from Travis Tritt to the Melvins are going with the acoustic flow, New York City’s radical folk duo The Last Internationale are swimming against the current. Fueled by commitment to counterculture politics, Edgey’s fretboard-burning strum and Delia Paz’s gutsy, soulful vocals, TLI’s past works drew on roots and radicalism for acoustic Woody Guthrie-meets-Elmore James clarion calls like “Workers of the World Unite.” TLI has recently picked up a drummer (Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk) and gone electric for a revved-up assault that Rage guitarist Tom Morello calls a “combination of East Village rock sensibilities and Battleship Potemkin firepower.” In this case, the pull quote is dead on target. Advance cut from the band’s forthcoming big-label debut suggests a crunchy pop-rock collision of Blondie and the Runaways, with Paz caressing and shouting each syllable with the barrelhouse abandon of Joan Jett. Yet, true to their activist roots, TLI has titled this killer cut “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Indian Blood,” acknowledging how America’s manifest genocide past informs continuing class oppression. Despite the sonic makeover, going against the grain is still in TLI’s DNA. (Pat Moran)


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