David Fricke's Year in Rock 2017

Tom Petty's final tour, Phish's Bakers Dozen, the rebirth of the Dream Syndicate and other musical highlights from the year that was

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Berlin, New York City, March 24th; Dead Reckoning (Wicked Cool)

To quote myself, from the text I wrote (on the house) for the shrink-wrap sticker of this Philadelphia band's new album, Soraia are "searing guitars, burning soul and true CBGB grit" – a conclusion I reached after a year of playing their earlier records on my Sirius XM radio show, The Writer's Block, then finally seeing Soraia live in Jesse Malin's basement club. That room was hardly big enough to contain the anthemic vigor of the band's writing and the shotgun channelling of Siouxsie Sioux and Janis Joplin in singer Zou Zou Mansour's avenging rapture. I stand by the rest of what I wrote in that quote, especially after subsequent gigs I caught at Berlin again and Bowery Electric: "Soraia are the rock you need, in your face now."

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