- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The movie biz is famous for its early-year drought of quality. Such has been the case with pop music, too. New albums from the Shins and Norah Jones both left me chilly. But March is proving to be a heat wave. Arcade Fire’s much-hyped “Neon Bible” is sensational at least half the time, and soon we’ll see new releases from Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Modest Mouse.

The latter, in particular, has me as excited as John Waters at a showing of “300.” Having Johnny Marr in the lineup is the alt-rock equivalent of Mick Taylor joining the Black Crowes. Or something like that. Have a listen to the lead single “Dashboard” and tell me you don’t agree.

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