Joel Plaskett is a Canadian singer/songwriter and musician whose music fuses the energetic melodies and hooks of power pop with the muscular strength of hard rock. In 1992, Plaskett formed the indie rock band Thrush Hermit, which released two full-length albums and three EPs before parting ways in 1999. That same year, Plaskett launched his solo career with the album In Need of Medical Attention, and a second album, Down at the Khyber, appeared in 2001. 2003's Truthfully, Truthfully finally provided Plaskett with a commercial breakthrough in Canada. He traveled to Arizona to record his next album, 2005's solo La De Da. Plaskett reconvened with his band for 2007's concept album Ashtray Rock, before striking out on his own again for 2009's ambitious solo set Three (a three-CD set). ~ Mark Deming
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