Sweethearts of the Milwaukee Rodeo, THE MIDWEST BEAT rides again with two more saddlebags full of smashy twang-pop, 'Apology Accepted' b/w 'Appaloosa.' Sidestepping the perils inherent in being a gaggle of Upper Midwestern plaid-shirt-wearers with an ear cocked towards the Americana side of the spectrum (i.e., sidestepping BoDean-esque limpness at all costs), the Midwest Beat manage to fuse the disparate elements of punk, twang, power pop and Bakersfield-esque country-rock into a cohesive attack that evokes the spirit of smart Brit chaps like Graham Parker as often as it does Graham Nash or Gram Parsons. 'Apology Accepted' is a Loud Pop classic and wouldn'tve sounded out of place on a Bomp! Records 45 from three decades ago (or, for that matter, a Trashmen Play Hollies album from a late '60s musical hallucination come to life); 'Appaloosa' gallops more to the country end of things and has lyrics about women and a mountainside and that sorta thing. Save yourself the apology; buy the damn thing.