DANNY & THE DARLEANS: Bug Out: CD

It’s refreshing to listen to some lean, mean, no-frills rock’n’roll. Danny & The Darleans boasts Dan Kroha of The Gories, but this trio, with Colleen Burke on bass and Richie Wohlfeil on drums, isn’t as feral as the legendary Motor City outfit. They’re tight, precise, and possess more swagger than ten bands with skinny ties and shades. Of the twelve songs, a handful are covers—The Who’s “Leavin’ Here,” The Keggs’ “Girl,” and The Nightcrawlers’ “Little Black Egg” are present—but Bug Out never feels jumbled. It’s a palate cleansing listening experience; a remedy for overproduced butt rock posing as rock’n’roll. This is the real deal, folks. –Sean Arenas (In The Red, intheredrecords.com)