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Natasha Stovall

Under the eagle eyes of knob twiddlers Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf (Beck, Foo Fighters), the original L.A. grunge goddesses take a different exit on their sixth outing, Slap Happy. For those addicted to the ultra-macha-punk throb of L7 watersheds, the neo-Go-Go’s vibe of tracks like ”Livin’ Large” and ”Little One” may be disappointing. Fear not. The harmonious pop sweetness that L7 pump through their buzzing amps has a super-catchy, Joan Jett-meets-the-Breeders feel that zestfully floors the accelerator.

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Brooklyn’s Arsonists lift musical inspiration from the Wu-Tang Clan and Dr. Dre, but lyrically these five MCs are in a league of their own. Complex, humorous freestyling is their specialty, and they apply it liberally to menacing, minor-key piano hooks and mellow, head-nodding beats. Though many elements will sound familiar, songs like ”Pyromaniax” – which sets jet-speed verbal japes over Fats Waller- cum-organ-grinder oompah – show the Arsonists have fresh ideas to burn.

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