Best Band Revived by Reissues

Shoes

Critics' Picks

Zion power-pop pioneers Shoes seemed moribund a couple years ago, but a spate of reissues and a fantastic new studio album, all released in 2012, have revived them in a major way. They performed at South by Southwest this spring, and in May at FitzGerald's they gave their first local show in five years. Numero Group released four vinyl-only sides of rare early material, and Real Gone Music put together a flawless career overview that underscores the band's melodic ingenuity. The real surprise, though, is that the new Ignition (Black Vinyl) rivals anything Shoes have ever recorded. The band plays SPACE in Evanston on Sat 7/27.