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Review: Quasi, ‘American Gong’

SPIN Rating: 7 of 10
Release Date: February 23, 2010
Label: Kill Rock Stars

As a great blues-fueled rock band/formerly married couple, Quasi have been called the indie Fleetwood Mac. But while these Portlanders clearly love ’70s rock, they’ve always shunned its excesses, happily flooding tiny clubs with the magnificent buzz of their Rocksichord organ. Now, with new bassist Joanna Bolme, frontman Sam Coomes and drummer Janet Weiss crank up that small-band-big-noise dynamic to power-trio scale, with longhair Neil Young roar (“Rockabilly Party”) and amp-boiling reverb (“Repulsion”).

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