Let's set the record straight. Despite a long list of rock writers claiming the contrary, Blitzen Trapper is not an Americana band. Sure, the band tinkers with roots rock: a little Creedence twang here, some Crazy Horse crunch there. But beyond the pedal-steel-led ballad "Stolen Shoes and a Rifle," the Portland, Oregon, outfit is employing these rustic tricks to flavor an aesthetic that falls squarely in the glam/power-pop camp. Blitzen Trapper is a lot like the Move, those British Invasion misfits who eventually morphed into the Electric Light Orchestra. Both groups juxtapose music-box ear candy — think "Lady Madonna" or "Penny Lane" — with bruising hooligan beats and platinum-clad riffage. "Fire and Fast Bullets" and... More >>>