Best Garage Band

Left Arm

Left Arm's raucous, sweaty frenzy of garage-punk rock & roll sounds unabashedly south-city St. Louis but (gasp!) this power trio hails from the east side of the river, where bands have historically tended toward the more artsy end of the rock spectrum and songs with only a single time signature and three chords are thought to be somewhat inferior. Left Arm keeps its audience in constant motion, never letting the dust settle, by moving from one propulsive, tightly wound rock & roll explosion to the next. It's a superb job of guarding rock's sacred legacy — and a great reminder of what makes that music great in the first place.

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