No frills rock

In addition to Cage the Elephant, there are plenty of other hard-edged rock acts to whet your appetite

February 25, 2010|By Sam Sessa | | Baltimore Sun reporter

In the past few years, no-frills rock 'n' roll -- the kind that Cage the Elephant does best -- has been on the rise. If you missed out on the chance to get tickets for Cage the Elephant's sold-out show Feb. 26 at the Recher Theatre in Towson, there are plenty of other hard-edged rock acts to whet your appetite.

The Black Belles: This all-female Nashville quartet is signed to Jack White's record label, Third Man Records. Their delightfully dirty single "What Can I Do?" is reminiscent of lo-fi '60s garage rock. With White at the helm, such a promising debut should come as no surprise.

J-Roddy Walston and the Business: If Jerry Lee Lewis had grown shoulder-length hair and cranked up the distortion, the end product might have sounded something like Baltimore's own J-Roddy Walston and the Business. Their first album, "Hail Mega Boys," blew the doors off the local rock scene. Since then, they've signed to Fairfax/Vagrant Records and are working on a follow-up, which could surface later this year.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: When these West Coast rockers hit the stage, they bring fire and brimstone in the form of scorching riffs and booming rhythms. When they played Virgin Mobile Festival a couple years ago, they were one of the loudest acts of the day -- and they went on in midafternoon.

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