Editors' pick

U.S. Royalty

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Editorial Review

Saturday is a day that's been a long time coming for those who pay attention to the local rock scene. That's when U.S. Royalty will celebrate the release of its debut album, "Mirrors." Ever since the band emerged seemingly fully formed a few years ago, the quartet immediately attained status as D.C.'s act most likely to become Next Big Thing, thanks to its polished sound and fashionable looks. The latter part of that equation has become the band's calling card of late, even earning the band a Best Dressed nod from Esquire at October's CMJ music festival in New York. But now the focus can be turned back to the music, a distinctly American brand of rock-and-roll -- rollicking rhythms, hearty harmonies -- with serious crossover potential.

--David Malitz, Jan. 2011