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Fruit Bats | JACKPOT, 'TRIPPER' Singer-guitarist Johnson provides rootsy riffs worthy of toe-tapping fun

JACKPOT, 'TRIPPER' Singer-guitarist Johnson provides rootsy riffs worthy of toe-tapping fun

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Tripper

Genre: Indie Rock; Music Label: Sub Pop

Spearheading the Sub Pop folk renaissance alongside Fleet Foxes and Blitzen Trapper, the Chicago quartet play the kind of rootsy beard-rock on Tripper that’s beloved by guys in lumberjack shirts. Anchored by singer-guitarist (and Shins bassist) Eric D. Johnson, they pay tribute to mangy coyotes and train-hopping hobos over a lovely ramble-tamble you can tap your bare feet to. ”She should dance if she wants to dance,” sings Johnson on ”So Long.” Whoever she is, she will. B+

Download These:
Vintage-keyboard ballad So Long
Classic-rock boogie You're Too Weird

Originally posted August 3 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT

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