JESSE MALIN AND THE ST. MARKS SOCIAL, MONEYBROTHER, YOURS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) It's a bit too easy to tease Jesse Malin about his days fronting glam-punkers D Generation, his hair product addiction, or a couple solo recordings that attempted a bit too earnestly to cling to the denim coattails of Ryan Adams. But truth is, the New York singer/songwriter can write a song like no one's business. While he has yet to make a recording that lives up to his potential—his Heartbreaker, if you will—the just-released Love it to Life comes pretty close. Also don't miss the quirky song stylings of Sweden's Anders Wendin (that's Moneybrother to you). On Real Control Wendin sounds like Joe Strummer, had the punk icon given up on the Clash and chosen a musical direction paved by reggae, soul, and a bit of American rock and roll thrown in for good measure. Sound crazy? It sure as hell does, but with Moneybrother it works oh so well. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
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