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The Night Marchers, ‘See You in Magic’ (Vagrant/Swami)

SoCal greaser John “Speedo” Reis has launched and disbanded his share of bands during the past two decades, most notably Rocket From the Crypt. The Night Marchers follow that band’s tried-and-true strategy, intertwining punk, hard rock, and rockabilly, with lively if unsurprising results. Reis’ grouchy rasp recalls Graham Parker, especially during outbursts of lust, meaning most of the time. At its best, the music’s raw pub power overshadows the cheesy persona he flaunts on “Open Your Legs”; the ultra-catchy “Jump in the Fire” might even lure in a few mainstream passersby.

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