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BEST LOCAL ROCK BAND Minneapolis 1999 -

Readers' Choice: September's Child

Has a punk band ever made rocking out sound like such hard work? Craig Finn's apoplectic streams of consciousness make it sound as if he's about to burst a blood vessel in his brain. Meanwhile, the rest of the band bashes about in search of a chorus with a determination that borders on the obsessive. On last year's The Entertainment and Arts, Finn provided a full alternate set of lyrics in the liner notes that were at least as coherent as those he sputtered--proving yet again it ain't what you say, it's how you say it.

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