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Light FM

Buzz Kill City

(Light FM; US: 4 Oct 2011; UK: 1 Oct 2011)

Though now based in Los Angeles, Light FM started out in Chicago. That’s important, because Buzz Kill City falls in line with the Windy City area’s power-pop lineage. You’ll hear elements of Cheap Trick, Material Issue, and, or course, touring mates Smashing Pumpkins, especially on opener “Mercy”. Frontman Josiah Mazzaschi and his crew throw in other influences, too, from Cars-like New Wave to stomping glam. It’s not the most original thing you’ll hear, but when it all comes together on a track like “Indirect Communication”, it’s a shot in the arm for a navel-gazing indie rock scene that could use one.


John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.

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