If you like 1980s Rolling Stones, you probably like The Foo Fighters—not because they sound similar, but because in the 1980s, the Stones stopped experimenting with psychedelia and just decided to make Rolling Stones music. Album after album. You knew exactly what you were getting, and if you liked it, then you got a little treat once a year or so.

The Foos are like that. Their songs, building on the slow-fast-slow structure of1990s bands like The Pixies (and, come to think of it, The Rolling Stones), are straightforward and their albums contain between 2-4 ballads each.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Here’s to keeping the flame burning for real rock and roll.

Recommended cuts: Run, The Sky is a Neighborhood.

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