The Unknown 

Radio Lied to Me (Boss Tuneage Records)

If Unknown frontman Ken Blaze feels cheated by the FM dial, he's earned that right. The songs on his band's sixth full-length album, Radio Lied to Me, were made for the airwaves, with unsinkable harmonies and heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics that easily one-up strong-selling, similar-minded national acts such as Simple Plan and Bowling for Soup.

And still Cleveland's longest-running pop-punk band gets no love from the broadcasting powers. On Radio Lied to Me, the band blasts through 12 affecting nuggets like a caffeine-free throwback to All. Blaze, backed by growling guitars and a nimble rhythm section, has never sounded better; he's one of the few vocalists of his ilk who understands the difference between pleading and whining. The only downside: Radio Lied to Me is the band's last album with guitarist Chris Roscoe, and it remains to be seen how they'll recover from the loss of their primary songwriter. Still, a better send-off could hardly be imagined.

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