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MP3 of the Week: State Radio



DOWNLOAD: State Radio, "Gang of Thieves" (mp3)

The big news in the land of the kinda, sorta broken-up New England jam band Dispatch is the release of Dispatch: Zimbabwe — Live at Madison Square Garden (Concert Hot Spot), a DVD document of the three sold-out benefit shows the trio reunited to play last summer in NYC. But right on the heels of that, singer/guitarist Chad Urmston has dropped the sophomore disc by his post-Dispatch band State Radio, Year of the Crow (Nettwerk). The philosophical differences that broke up Dispatch are on full display on the disc’s first single, "Gang of Thieves," a tightly wound punkish salvo with little in the way of jamming or of the reggae-tinged grooves that pepper Year of the Crow. Catch the band at Newbury Comics on Newbury Street in Boston at 7 pm on February 15, at Newbury Comics in North Attleboro at 3 pm on the 16th, and for the kickoff of a world tour on February 22 at Pearl Street in Northampton.

— Matt Ashare

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