James Murphy's slick production is everywhere on last year's debut album Stuck on Nothing from Philadelphia rockers Free Energy. Sure, you've probably heard the hand claps and guitar that open "Dream City" on a few different commercials, but check out the saxophone at the song's end that fits oh-so-perfectly.
It's the little touches that take the album from very good to great, but Murphy also clearly knows cool when he hears it. Because as ridiculous the name Free Energy is, and even though the band's wardrobe seemingly gives the "Studs of South King County" a run for their money, songs like "Bang Pop" and "Hope Child" are infectious, straightforward rock 'n' roll.
The band's throwback, glam-rock sound is somewhere between Thin Lizzy and Blue Album Weezer, and when that comparison can be made, it's a given that tonight's $10 show at the Crocodile is guaranteed to be an absolute blast.