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Murder By Death

Indiana's Murder By Death may draw from wild sources like Dante's Inferno and Johnny Cash for inspiration, but we're fairly certain that "Raw Deal," off the newly released In Bocca al Lupo, has nothing to do with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Quite the opposite -- on this latest album, the band delves into life on the sullied side, examining sin, consequence and punishment. Think of it as the musical companion to David Fincher's serial-killer opus Se7en -- a collection of odes and missives to avarice, gluttony and lust, and the toll such things take on the soul. Singer Adam Turla's lyrics lilt over eerie keyboards and cello, shifting between what sounds like a pirate sing-along ("Dead Men and Sinners") to the infectious folk of the first single, "Brother." That's not to say that despite MBD's melancholic references, the band doesn't have a good sense of humor -- check out its debut, Like The Exorcist, But More Breakdancing.
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Casey Lynch