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Cheap Time, Last Year's Men, Johnny Staxx & the Durty Boyz 

When: Wed., Sept. 12, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $5

There's no getting around Jeffrey Novak's voice. His dry Tennessee drawl, curled with a punk-rock sneer, gives Cheap Time its definitive restlessness. Novak sings intensely with an almost dismissive tone, as if he's a man running on too little sleep, wired with caffeine or something stronger. The band that Novak leads churns through a wiry knot of early punk, psychedelic rock and power pop, never sounding more confident or full-bodied than on their third and finest full-length, Wallpaper Music. But it's Novak's wry presence that steers the band, landing it somewhere between Eddy Current Suppression Ring's anxious Aussie rock and Spider Bags' twangy stagger. Last Year's Men and Johnny Staxx & the Durty Boyz open. —Bryan C. Reed

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