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In Brief

*** Meat Puppets, “Too High to Die,” London. After a decade as one of post-punk’s most consistently bracing but overlooked bands, this Arizona trio seemed spent last year. But this set, co-produced by Butthole Surfer Paul Leary, is a strong rebound full of frontman Curt Kirkwood’s focused riffs and fuzzy images, sometimes wonderfully like a souped-up Grateful Dead.

New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).


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