by Maya Kroth
THE 88
(Crocodile) If you like your pop more Beatles than Britney, check out
L.A.’s the 88, who wear pinstriped suits while churning out polished,
radio-ready power pop that goes down easy. Taking their name from the
number of keys on Adam Merrin’s piano (or maybe the velocity needed to
get Michael J. Fox back to the future), the 88 recently released their
second record, Over and Over. Since then, the album’s tracks have been
used, over and over, on shows like The O.C. and Grey’s Anatomy—probably
because their soaring hooks stick to your brain like a discarded piece
of Bubblicious to the bottom of Ms. Spears’s bare feet at a gas-station