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The Blue Rider

The Blue Rider's self-titled release has a number of touchstones, among them Nuggets-era garage rock, the Stooges and the Cramps, and the resulting music sounds like something out of an early-'60s Louisiana juke joint, especially songs like the ultra-short "Innertube." The record encompasses a variety of sounds — from psychedelic blues spirituals to unrefined rock-and-roll gospel to heady go-go club jams — yet the band manages to stand out from the recent wave of 1960s-inflected retreads. The act appears to have absorbed whatever got into the water supply of Jerry Lee Lewis, Kid Congo Powers and Rudy Martinez and induced those artists to rock outside of their normal boundaries.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.