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The BellRays

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Lisa Kekaula is garage punk's secret weapon. The BellRays frontwoman is what soul mama Sharon Jones would sound like macking on the New York Dolls. Kekaula has more white-hot passion and fury than a stack of Black Flag LPs, with a smoky strut to liberate garage punk from its four-chord home. The BellRays began almost 20 years ago with an R&B and soul-soaked vibe, but by last year's album No. 8, Hard Sweet and Sticky, the group embraced even more rafter-raising rumble, led by Kekaula's Tina Turner-inspired star turn. While there are moodier excursions like the groovy, funk-inspired "Footprints on Water" and the Black Crowes-ish country blues of "The Same Way," much of the album boasts jugular-bursting throb, from the hard-driving "That's Not the Way It Should Be" to chunky rave-up "Psychotic Hate Man."

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