The Kooks are officially too big to be cool, but your little sister loves the hell out of 'em, and at least she's not listening to the Jonas Brothers, right? The title of their latest, Konk, pays explicit homage to the Kinks (Konk is the name of Ray Davies' studio), who pulled all these same tricks years ago, but, hey, if it sends your sister to Everyday Music to rummage through the bins for a copy of Arthur, it can't be all bad. The Whigs, meanwhile, are opening, and while it may appear that the Athens, Georgia, rockers are turning into perennial also-rans, the undeniable thunderous pop stomp of their Replacements-gone-South riffage might just give li'l sis some new heartthrobs to pin up on the wall. NL
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