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Blitzen Trapper 

When: Thu., Sept. 26, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $16-18
Blitzen Trapper's sixth album, 2011's American Goldwing, split with the pastoral roots and psych-pop of 2008's breakthrough, Furr. Like its two-wheel namesake, Goldwing was built for the road, expressing a windows-down '70s ethos heavily indebted to the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band's new disc, VII, not only sticks with the last album's Southern rock underpinnings, it amplifies the greasy blues boogie. It's an earthy record with lots of strong sonic detail, but it's not all that arresting. The first half is somewhat plodding and not nearly as interesting as subsequent cuts such as the atmospheric "Earth (Fever Called Love)," the funky and frenetic "Neck Tatts, Cadillacs" and the Steely Dan-like "Faces of You." Live, maybe they'll ratchet these tunes up a bit. —Chris Parker

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