VARIOUS ARTISTS: Live Your Gimmick: Vol. 1: CD

A four band sampler of groups from Maryland. As this is where I was born and raised, I was pleasantly surprised to see this come out of my pile of goodies. The Driving Beats distill the best of the Nuggets-era bands and make their own sound. Sourpuss is more straight-ahead ’70s punk. The Downstrokes actually remind me of another Maryland band—the legendary Black Market Baby. The Xiles round out the collection here. There is a Johnny Rotten tinge to their vocals but this shows promise. The whole ball of wax is put together by the most famous wrestling manager since Lou Albano. –Sean Koepenick

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