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Swedish Rockers Roll Out New Material

Of the Oakland Press

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Swedish rockers the Sounds won’t release their new album, “Crossing the Rubicon,” until June 2. But they don’t mind previewing the songs for fans before it’s out.

“We love to do that, says guitarist Felix Rodriguez. “We did that on the last album as well. You tour and come to small venues, and your devoted fans will come to those venues and you can play new songs for people who love your music and have been waiting to hear it.

“And it’s really cool to hear the response after you play a song live that they’ve never heard before. It’s a lot of fun to do.”

The Sounds will move from intimate to massive in short order, however. In mid-May the quintet group joins No Doubt and Paramore as one of the opening acts on that tour (though not at the July 3 show at the DTE Energy Music Theatre).

“I think that’s going to be a really good tour,” Rodriguez, 29, says. “We’re energetic bands. I think we both enjoy being on stage. They seem to have an awesome time on stage, and that’s what we do as well. I think we’ll all just have a really good time together, the audience and the bands.”

The Sounds perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 6) at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15; a 4-Pack is available for $44. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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