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Artist of the day: Four Star Riot



When you see Four Star Riot in concert, you never know who you're going to get.

At a Woodstock tribute show last year at Skipper's Smokehouse, they performed as Sly and the Family Stone. They've got quality covers of songs by Tom Petty, Butch Walker and Prince.

One Prince song, When U Were Mine, pops up on the group's new album, Land of the Lonely, released with a show last weekend at Dunedin Brewery. It's a bouncy, playful cover version that sounds a little like Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

When they play their original material, Four Star Riot -- singer Steve Alex, guitarist Chaz Winzenread, drummer Mike Chilton, bassist Aaron Akers and organist Raulton Reichel -- ignore modern music trends in order to play soulful, no-nonsense rock that's chock full of crisp chords and harmonies. The group has been performing together in one incarnation or another since 1998, and in the past 12 years, they've opened for the likes of Bon Jovi, Jimmy Eat World, Def Leppard and Sum 41.

On Sunday, you can catch them performing at a benefit for the Jennifer Nolletti Memorial Art Foundation at Skipper's Smokehouse. The show is from 4 to 10 p.m.; artists on the bill include the Semis, Barely Pink, the Loving Thorns and Joe Sanders Band. Tickets are $10. Click here for details.

Below, check out their song The Only One from the new album Land of the Lonely.

LISTEN - Four Star Riot, 'The Only One'

[Last modified: Monday, August 9, 2010 1:33pm]


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