Remember when David Byrne went country? He did a cover of “Don’t Fence Me In” and had some twangy originals, too, back in the ‘90s. Geek country. That was the first thing I thought of when I heard, “Mosquitos (Let The Fireworks Explode),” from The Roadside Graves new EP, What Happened To Him Could Happen To Anyone . But then I heard more, like “Hell” and the EP’s standout track, “Jesus Is A Friend Of The Family,” and I noticed that the songs are far from gimmicky. They’re deceptively simple, hiding mature themes and touching lyrics under a veneer of catchy alt-country. I daresay this stuff is as good as anything Ryan Adams ever gave us. Much thanks and props to Kill Buffalo records, Brooklyn’s (nay, the


Berkeley Place’s) best country label, for this fabulous submission. Love it. Highest recommendation.

West Coast-Roadside Graves

Jesus Is a Friend of the Family-Roadside Graves

Mosquitos (Let The Fireworks Explode)-The Roadside Graves


Graham Coxon – Shipbuilding (Elvis Costello cover)

Middle Distance Runner – Man Of The People

John Vanderslice – Requiem

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