Editors' pick

The Dusters and the Beatings

Rock
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Editorial Review

At its highest level, rock-and-roll has a visceral energy matched by intellectual prowess. This is rock as art and not just fun. The Beatings, a four-piece band that calls both Brooklyn and Boston home, seems to hit this highest standard on its recently released CD, "Italiano." Hard-rocking it has less in common with today's indie bands than it does with groups like Husker Du and the Ass Ponys. Which means it's a band that seems unconcerned with trying to fit into a certain niche and focuses instead on creating a riveting, propulsive and ever-changing sound.

--Joe Heim