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The Heartless Bastards, The Builders & the Butchers 

When: Fri., July 9, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: $12–$14

"Nothing seems the same," sings Erika Wennerstrom on a relative slow burner from the latest Heartless Bastards release, 2009's The Mountain. Thankfully, the remark is more a concession that the band's grown up than a warning that it's radically changed. Wennerstrom still howls, pushing the band with guitar playing that aims for alternately pummeling and transcendent, bluesy garage rock. This time around, though, the sound's been expanded with mandolins, banjos, strings and steel guitars. But it's an evolution, not an abandonment of the swagger and power that first brought them to our attention. Sharing the bill, Jagjaguwar newcomers Peter Wolf Crier pair acoustic intimacy with jarring percussion. On the debut Inter-Be, the guttural and ghostly collide into sad-eyed, distortion-thick, vulnerable tunes. Also, Alaskan quintet The Builders and Butchers. —Ashley Melzer

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