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'Incredible Times' review: Two Cent Sam's catchy two-part mix

Two Cent Sam's "Incredible Times" on Testone Records

Two Cent Sam's "Incredible Times" on Testone Records Credit: Testone Records

Babylon-based Two Cent Sam pulls in all sorts of indie-rock on its "Incredible Times" (Testone) album, a collection split into two EPs.

The first half is more adventurous, from the metal-tinged "Enter Hero" to the rock ballad "Never Take Us Anywhere," while the second half is more focused on power pop.

"Oversaturated" mixes bits of British New Wave guitar-rock like Squeeze or Elvis Costello with more current sounds. "Find a Way" takes that mix in a more streamlined direction, as singer Mike Logiudice twists the love song in unexpected directions.

However, it's "Something More Familiar" that has the sharpest, radio-friendly hook, a reminder of how it wasn't that long ago that major-label scouts were scouring Long Island for the next Nine Days.

Two Cent Sam plays Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville, 631-264-7712, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.


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