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Rock pioneers return 50 years after debut, still slay

The Sonics

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Punk before punk, garage rock before anyone flagged it, the Sonics’ 1965 Here Are the Sonics mixed Chuck Berry and Little Richard with greaseball white-boy originals. This reunion concedes nothing to the following half-century. Rob Lind still bleats sax like he’s pummeling a sandbag, Jerry Roslie’s howls would still make primal-scream therapist Arthur Janov plotz, and producer Jim Diamond drives Larry Parypa’s stabbing guitar in deeper than ever. The new songs sound vintage; so do the covers: Their take on the Kinks’ “The Hard Way” out-rocks the original, echoing the Brits’ more loutish “You Really Got Me.” They can still teach their garage offspring a thing or two.

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