Rolling Stone

He looks like Gary Oldham and writes battered-love songs like Bob Dylan with a case of Badfinger. Need more? Armstrong and his band, the Thieves, rocked those songs at SXSW like the Beatles at the Cavern Club. Nice rock-scholar touch: the guitar lick from "Sunshine Superman," which Armstrong threw into his cover of the Coasters' "Down Home Girl." Check him out It's no lie: His debut album on New West Records, The Greatest White Liar, is great.

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