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'Sorry State of Mind' review: Bayside's Anthony Raneri on new ground

Anthony Raneri performs with Bayside at the CMJ

Anthony Raneri performs with Bayside at the CMJ festival in New York City's Highline Ballroom. (Oct. 21, 2010) Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

With his band Bayside -- the Long Island scene heroes who celebrated their 15th anniversary earlier this year -- Anthony Raneri has always stuck to a distinctive, immediately recognizable sound.

On his new solo EP, "Sorry State of Mind" (Hopeless), Raneri tackles nearly every other style except the punk that he's known for and handles them all just as well.

He starts with a snippet of blues on "Smithereens." The title track takes on a country gallop. And "Gone" uses a catchy mix of folk and EDM, similar to Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble."

While "I Never Want to Fix Myself Again" sounds closest to a Bayside song, both musically and thematically, Raneri uses a bank of synths and some '50s-styled vocals to keep it all his own. His musical experiments all pay off.

Raneri plays Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., at 7 p.m. July 18. Tickets are $15 through TicketWeb, 866-777-8932,

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