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l’maskin – the “alt” tag usually makes me suspicious but this veteran philly band has earned it. taggart‘s spent two decades making the sort of jangly, catchy, thrift-store t-shirt rock that would’ve fit nicely on a college radio playlist circa 1990. “i paid my dues in mostly empty rooms,” sings pete denton on the backward-glancing “infinite space.” “sing my tunes however i choose / do you dig my blues?” he and his brother steve share lead vocal duties, and everybody else sings backup. taggart — who boast a gigantic playlist for their live-band karaoke nights — have serious chops they show them off with agility and good humor on the new l’maskin. (