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Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

The Imperial

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Bluesy rock of the type The Black Crowes fashioned by following The Allman Brothers’ footsteps could easily be cliché by now. Then there are bands such as Milwaukee’s The Imperial to counter that notion. The linchpin to selling their classic approach may be Andy Kobelinski’s vocals, reminiscent of an especially hungry Jonny Lang beset by untrustworthy women and life in general. That he and the rest of his quartet pack a taut, danceable wallop out of moves long enshrined in the classic rock pantheon makes these six songs sound a bit too brief. Leave them wanting more, right, guys?