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New releases from Long Time Divided, Neon Swing X-Perience and Steel Clover


Long Time Divided
Long Time Divided

Debut release from the local five-piece. Hard rock with a metal edge; it's clear that these guys worship at the altar of Metallica, but there are also hints of grunge and alt-rock in there (and even a piano-driven ballad). There are nods to the literary, too (a spoken-word intro is lifted from Robert Louis Stevenson), making it a well-rounded effort. No reason a track or two shouldn't end up on hard-rock radio.

LONG TIME DIVIDED CD RELEASE. 10 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10. Hard Rock Café, 230 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $10-12. 412-481-7625 or


Neon Swing X-Perience
Grandpa Tempo, The Chairman of Swing

Concept album from the swing-revival band, documenting the life of "Grandpa Tempo." This one mixes NSX's original material with the old stuff we're accustomed to hearing — "Just a Gigolo," "When the Saints Go Marching In" — plus some pop music that swings ("Zoot Suit Riot") and the song from the cantina scene in Star Wars. Many of the tracks are recorded live, and surely it's in concert, rather than on a disc, that the band shines; recordings from neo-swing bands, of course, run the risk of tempting us to just go listen to Louis Prima instead.


Steel Clover
In the Celtic Spirit

Debut release from Sue Borowski, who recorded most of the instruments and vocals on the album herself, all while being treated for breast cancer. An impressive effort, especially given that the one original song sounds as genuine as many of the traditional Irish tunes. The recording quality is nothing standout, but it does its job: to make you want to hear more (preferably live).

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