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There is little of the bothersome apathy displayed by so many bands today in the music of Rotary Prophets, a jangling alt-country group from Somerville, MA. This is music full of energy and passion, built around a solid understanding of classic Americana and country musical structures. It’s not hokey or twangy, mind you, but Faith – Lost – Love is well suited to spirited dancing across a straw-covered barn floor. The use of groovy, organ-y keyboards on many of their tracks, “Better Days” being a particularly strong selection, is especially infectious, at once recalling exultant gospel choirs and The Doors. This is a band that’s perfectly lovely to listen to on their Bandcamp page, but also begs to be seen live.