Saul Glennon 

Triology 1: "How Can You Call That Music?" (GDR!)

Seven albums in, Saul Glennon frontman Jack Rugan is still one of Cleveland's brightest undiscovered talents, and his new disc shows he's been better than good from the get-go. For the album, the Westlake quintet and friends polish tunes the prolific songsmith penned as a teen in '80 and '81. New drummer Andy Ullman gives Saul a welcome boost, and the invigorated group play '60s-style pop that's informed by the Beatles and mod-era Who. Three-minute blasts like "I Got You" are crammed with stop-start riffs, raspy harmonies, happy handclaps, and simple indie-rock beats. It's impossible not to sing along -- unless you're too busy dancing.

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