Muse, Razorlight

On last summer's Curiosa Festival, a Cure-headlined road show that also featured sets by such Cure-influenced hot shots as Interpol, the Rapture and Thursday, U.K. power trio Muse were the odd men out: They're not stylish, they don't have great haircuts, they don't write songs about the interminable melancholy of postgraduate twentysomething existence, and instead of utilizing the occasional disco beat, they fill their songs with insane piano solos that sound like the dude from Yes wearing a flaming wizard's cape--no, two flaming wizard's capes. Interestingly, they make for no neater a fit with Razorlight, stylish U.K. garage-rockers with great haircuts and big mouths.
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Mikael Wood

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