The Payola Reserve

Sun staff

Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Al Pacheco, lead guitar and vocals; Ben Pranger, rhythm guitar and lead vocals; Ken Fisher, drums; Bryson Dudley, bass

Founded in: 2005

Style: Self-proclaimed avant pop

Influenced by: Wilco, Spoon, Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello

Notable: College radio stations across the country added songs from the band's EP, Lay in Wait, to their regular rotation, Pacheco said. The first full-length album is due out in December, he said

Quotable: "We always figured 'Brave New Radio' would be the single [from Lay in Wait], but people have jumped onto all of them very differently," said Pacheco. "All the songs are very different, and we write them as if they're singles."

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--Sam Sessa

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