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There's absolutely nothing wrong with the art of imitation, so long as it's done correctly. Evidence stands by the Rolling Stones' allegiance to Mississippi Fred McDowell on "You Gotta Move" and Jack White's affinity for Jimmy Page licks. Chicago's Redwalls have an undeniably classic British sound, and their self-titled newbie (their third) finds the quartet honoring their forefathers while still celebrating a more "Modern Diet," the result of working with Sweden's Tore Johansson in the studio. The Redwalls holds together better than 2005's De Nova, with energy progressing throughout with the addition of drummer Rob Jensen. While "Don't You Wanna Come Out" invokes a sense of Euro-modernism, "Hangman" shouts rebelliously at Ronnie Wood's Faces days, and as "Little Sister" croons "such is life," one can only think it's not so bad for a band coming into their own. (Saturday, March 15, the Rio, 9pm.)

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