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Tonk, Clear Spots 

When: Fri., April 29, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $10


On TONK's new Second Nature, the time-traveling Raleigh band again delivers its tried-and-true formula of classic twang reverence. This is an act of area aces who play with the likes of Chatham County Line, Tift Merritt, Old Habits, and Bandway. The sextet sets tear-jerking lyrics against understated but impressive arrangements of weepy pedal steel and barroom piano, a sound that slots the band comfortably alongside honky-tonk legends of yore. Take "A Guest in Your House," where Jay Brown wonders over an imaginary pint, "Am I a fine work of art at home in your heart/or just a guest in your house?" as an accordion wheezes behind him. Countdown Quartet's Steve Grothmann fronts more local standbys in Clear Spots, a band whose ragged riffs suggests Neil Young starting a garage rock band. Between sets, WKNC DJ Big Fat Sac—host of Both Kinds Radio—spins cuts from country's golden age.

—Spencer Griffith

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