Best Song of the Year That Sounds Like It's Going to Be "Boys of Summer" For the First 10 Seconds

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Seriously, doesn't it sound like it's going into Henley territory at the beginning there? But instead it veers off into Bruce-at-his-most-Suicide (the band)-obsessed-ville, which is a good place to be. The Philly band's debut, "Wagonwheel Blues," is one of my most-listened-to albums of the year and I keep calling it "cloudy Americana." Not sunny, not stormy, just cloudy. That's my favorite kind of weather. No precipitation, not super bright, but just bright enough that you can legitimately get away with wearing sunglasses. So maybe that's why I enjoy it so much. If you live in Europe, catch them opening for the Hold Steady next month.

By David Malitz |  September 19, 2008; 10:41 AM ET New (?) Smell
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I caught these guys at Rock and Roll Hotel a few months back and wasn't that impressed. I'd heard good things going in but it didn't live up to expectations. This makes me want to pick up the album, though.

Posted by: Steve | September 20, 2008 12:52 AM

Isn't it a little more Mike-and-the-Mechanics-y?

Posted by: Bobby McObvious | September 22, 2008 10:17 PM

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