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These United States, Embarrassing Fruits, The Last Track 

When: Sun., April 25, 9:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $8

These United States frontman/auteur Jesse Elliott's distinctive vocal style is his greatest asset, offering a swerving, impetuous charm reminiscent of Jonathan Richman. Only instead of fey innocence, he trades on artless slacker disorientation. There's a plaintive quality, as if he needs your help but is afraid to ask. Musically, his blend of ragged roots, raucous swing-blues and faltering folk balladry edged precariously close to the ditch prior to his latest, Everything Touches Everything. But now, the ne'er-do-well dilapidation is polished away, and the scruffy appeal is mostly gone. While Elliott is still lyrically adept, the music's loss of personality is a weakness, for sure. —Chris Parker

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