By The Time You Get This Message...
Label: Flobots/Republic Records
If you're looking for another "Handlebars," the insanely catchy anti-imperialist anthem that put Denver rap band Flobots on the map, then look elsewhere. If anything from Survival Story emerges as a radio hit, it'll be a dense political track like "The Effect," a call to activism, or "White Flag Warrior." Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit are more polemicists than rappers, but they drive the band's rap-rock grooves forward, and Mackenzie Roberts' viola adds an element of drama. Survival Story is an energetic workout, even if Flobots haven't quite mastered the art of songcraft yet.