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July 2, 2013
Middle Class Rut releases second album

By Janelle Bitker

Last we checked in with Middle Class Rut, the Sacramento-based band was working on their sophomore effort, "Pick Up Your Head." It came out June 25 and you can stream it right now on SoundCloud, PureVolume, Rdio and Spotify.

Guitarist-singer Zack Lopez and drummer-singer Sean Stockham recorded the 12-track album in a Sacramento studio in the fall. It was mixed by Grammy award-winning producer Dave Sardy (Johnny Cash, LCD Soundsystem), and the end result resembles a cross between Jane's Addiction and Rage Against the Machine.

You may have seen them at Concerts in the Park in 2012, Warped Tour in 2011, or on the road with the likes of Muse, Linkin Park, Social Distortion or Them Crooked Vultures. Or you've at least seen them on YouTube, where their hit single "New Low" has racked up nearly 4.5 million views.

Local fans won't be able to see MC Rut at home in the near future though, as their North America and Europe tour seems to take them virtually everywhere else. The closest they'll get is the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, for the Sept. 11 Uproar Festival alongside Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction and Coheed and Cambria. Tickets roughly range from $20 to $100.


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