Fountains Of Wayne – Welcome Interstate Managers [spotify] – Bright Future In Sales [spotify]

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I got Jackie the CD of the Pearl Jam show we went to; it’s fucking great, the sound is absolutely pristine, I wish every band would do the same for their fans. Still listening to a lot of them lately, and the new Fountains of Wayne has been getting heavy play as well. It’s not as consistent as Utopia Parkway, there are actually a few rather abysmal numbers IMO, but the best material is as good as anything they’ve ever done, just pure sublime pop music by the reigning kings of the genre. No particularly good shows coming up this month, the summer seems to be pretty dead in terms of quality bands touring, but at the start of Sept. is Street Scene, a massive festival held all over the downtown area for three days. REM is headlining; also appearing are Bad Religion, Social D, Wilco, X, G Love, Goo Goo Dolls, Love, Arrested Development, the B 52s, Macy Gray, Nickel Creek, the Sex Pistols, Finch, Presidents of the USA, the Dropkick Murphys, Rev. Horton Heat, Kathleen Edwards, AND THAT’S JUST THE BANDS I CARE ABOUT!

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originally posted 7/31/03