The New Duncan Imperials are a long-standing Chicago band with a reputation for zaniness, especially in their live act. Don’t expect a circus act here though; there’s some fluff included, like the Jimmy Buffett-ish “Land of the Elegant Bachelors,” but for the most part the guys are busy rocking.

“High School Soul” is a catchy slice of heartland rock ’n’ roll that rides a scratchy guitar and driving piano rhythm, while “Blame It on Me” tunes to a Muddy Waters blues. Each song leaves room for a scorching guitar solo from head Imperial Pigtail Dick. “I’m Invisible” is a speedy surf punk number that takes on West Coast flavor thanks to drummer Goodtime Dammit.

Grade: B

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