If you've ever daydreamed that Ben Folds would hook up with the guys from Weezer to record an album (and, really, who hasn't?), then boy do I have a band for you: Piebald! Don't let the third-wave ska-style name throw you off--they're a peppy, punky, piano-flecked foursome from Boston that's kinda emo in the way that only a band whose best song is called "Holden Caulfield" can be, yet goofy enough to avoid coming off like bellyaching buffoons. Some purist Piebaldies have complained that the band's just-released fifth album, All Ears, All Eyes, All the Time, continues to trade in the sloppy hard-core crunch and time-signature craziness of old for a more polished pop-rock sound. True, perhaps, but grow up; Piebald has. Emo supergroup the Jealous Sound headlines.
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