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November 2013 Staff Picks: Toad the Wet Sprocket


Aside from having one of the strangest names in music, Toad the Wet Sprocket is a most unlikely platinum-selling success story. These exceedingly average dudes from Santa Barbara, Calif., with a penchant for self-examination and forlorn but catchy folk-rock melodies, scored a string of hits in the ’90s before disbanding. The recently released reunion album, New Constellation, finds the group in excellent (if predictable) form. As someone who’s followed Toad since its indie-rock beginnings in the late 1980s, I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to hearing their 1991 hit, “Walk on the Ocean,” on B101.

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