Diamond Rugs’ second release is a “must listen” and an “inevitably own.” The band is sort of an anti-super group, with John McCauley and Robbie Crowell on guitar and keyboard respectively (each members of Rhode Island’s Deer Tick). The band also consists of Ian Saint Pé of the Black Lips, along with Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite. The band plays a trashy but accessible style of alt country and blues. The sophomore album starts with “Voodoo Doll” – a great bluesy guitar introduction accompanied with Berlin’s saxophone before going into a story of a woman stalking the protagonist of the song (John McCauley). This album is perfect for fans of Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, and Deer Tick. I also highly recommend Diamond Rugs self-titled first release as well.
Key Tracks: “Live and Shout it,” “Killin’ Time,” “Ain’t Religion,” and “Blame.”