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Chances are, you’ve never heard of Kevin Junior. But he’s a vital figure in indie pop, following stints in the Rosehips and three years of work in England with the legendary Epic Soundtracks. Junior’s new group The Chamber Strings retains a strong dose of Epic Soundtracks-styled pop, while reveling in the Stonesy blues raunch that the Rosehips perfected. On tracks like “Flashing Star” it sounds like Junior spent a past life hanging out with John Lennon, while “Dead Man’s Poise” is the best Rolling Stones song since the early 70s. Yeah, I know it’s not actually a Stones song, but Junior is doing bluesy, glam swagger way better than Jagger and Richards these days.

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