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State Radio/Sarah Jaffe 

When: Thu., Nov. 8, 8:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $13 ADV, $15 DOS
Though the trend of sociopolitical subject matter in rock music has always been around, lately it seemed forced, unimaginative, and simply poseuer-ish. However, there will always be bands that break away from the typecast and put out something that sounds true. Enter State Radio. Their latest album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion, is a testament to the socio-political climate from past to present, with subject matter ranging from war and oligarchs to poverty and homeless drifters. To up the ante even more, a number of lyrics on this album were inspired by real-life stories front man Chad Stokes heard while traveling from city to city, drifter-style. As for the music, most of the album sounds very alternative/post-grunge, especially in songs like “Black Welsh Mountain” and “H.A.C.K.I.N (Yeah Man),” which sounds like it came off an early Soundgarden album. “Desert Queen” is one of the most energetic songs on the album, with an alternative-punk feel, while songs like “Adelaide” and “The Bridge is Burning” successfully switch to a slower gear. “Freckled Mary” also deserves praise, which has a folk-rock sound that compares to Springsteen. (Sam Mendez)

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