I gave Researching The Blues, the latest album by L.A. punk survivor Redd Kross, a decent grade in my A.V. Club review back in August. But if I’d only been judging the album’s best song, “Stay Away From Downtown,” it would have blown the top off the grading scale. Immaculately crafted, leanly muscled, and sparkling with jangle, the instant power-pop anthem sums up everything the McDonald brothers have been aiming for with Redd Kross since the band’s 1982 debut,Born Innocent. The McDonalds aren’t kids anymore, but they bottle the lightning of wild-in-the-streets youth in “Stay Away From Downtown.” The song’s euphoric, Kiss-adoring video doesn’t hurt.
Amoeba Live Exclusive MP3 Available Now – Plus Watch the Full Redd Kross In Store Performance @ Amoeba Records, Hollywood!
For those of you in need of a live Redd Kross fix, you can now watch the entire August 28th in store performance from Amoeba in Hollywood, CA!
“Redd Kross played at Amoeba Hollywood on August 28. Steven McDonald mixed the recording & we are proud to present one of our best shows of 2012.” – Amoeba.com
KEXP audio and video archive of Redd Kross playing at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland during Musicfest NW is available now at KEXP.
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