Quasi, 'American Gong' (Kill Rock Stars)

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American Gong
Critical Mass
Label: Kill Rock Stars

by Melissa Maerz

As a great blues-fueled rock band/formerlymarried couple, Quasi have been called the indie Fleetwood Mac. But while these Portlanders clearly love '70s rock, they'vealways 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-noisedynamic to power-trio scale, with longhair Neil Young roar ("Rockabilly Party") and amp-boiling reverb ("Repulsion").

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