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The Blue Squares
Take the sound of early recordings of The Kinks, The Animals or The Doors. Now add more power to the drums and more fuzz to the guitar and you have The Blue Squares. Their new album Hard Times is going to make you proud of the musical talent and vision Detroit has to offer. With a '60s garage rock sound, this quintet harkens back to the days when music was simpler. They'll have you singing along in your car and entertaining the thought of pursuing a career as an international spy. — MICHAEL LUDWIG
Worth a listen: "You're So Cruel"