Burst and Bloom
Author: Alyson Mead
Can't say I've ever thought of Omaha, Nebraska as a hotbed of good rock music, but that very city's Cursive is delightfully hard to peg (bet you never thought you'd hear a critic say that). Instead, it's cool to sit back and just let the sounds meet your ears. Okay, so Cursive takes some of its major clues from some of the D.C. bands of the 80s, mainly Minor Threat/Fugazi. But where Ian and Company would never have sunk to the level of layering strings or spooky piano lines over righteously shouted vocals, this band doesn't give a shit. And a big fucking yay for that.
Though soundalikes At the Drive-In have gotten far more attention of late, Cursive have my bet for rock band most likely to rock your CD player off its high horse. Play "The Great Decay" even once and I dare you to not want to punch your fist into the air and join a WTO protest somewhere.