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On their debut full-length, glammy garage greats Sheer Mag allow themselves some dad-rock indulgences

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Philadelphia five-piece Sheer Mag’s glammy, lo-fi garage rock has been taking the world by storm since they released their first single in 2014. Fueled by a handful of blown-out 45s, a megahyped Coachella slot, and a raucous live show, Sheer Mag have become one of the most beloved independent bands in America. In July they released their long-awaited debut full-length, Need to Feel Your Love (Wilsuns), and for the first time in Sheer Mag’s brief life, it sounds like they’re allowing themselves to get a little indulgent, trading in no-nonsense, feel-good power-pop jams for a range of dad-rock homages. “Meet Me in the Street,” the album’s opener, is a rowdy brawler of a tune, with Thin Lizzy-­inspired harmonized guitars and lyrics about fighting cops. More than once, Sheer Mag dive headfirst into smooth, cushy disco. But these scrappy, soulful Philly kids make it work, never getting too fancy or over-the-top with their suddenly wider sonic palette: at the root of it all are the same melodic guitar jangle and raspy vocals that dominated their earlier singles, and Need to Feel Your Love sees Sheer Mag continuing down their path to greatness.   v

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