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Deer Tick, Virgin Forest

When: Mon., Oct. 17, 9 p.m. 2011

Deer Tick stands out like fine maple against alt-country's rec-room wood paneling. It's not a question of authenticity so much as spirit. Leader John McCauley's boozy insouciance and swaggering "what, me worry?" grin dovetail with the band's ramshackle country-blues-rock, imbuing a kind of freewheeling Saturday night daredevilry. Their 2007 debut, War Elephants, possessed a scrappy roots rumble that fit McCauley's grainy wail, and he's chased that bedraggled sound since. Their latest, Divine Providence, delivers Neil Young-ish country-folk, strutting rockabilly, rambunctious organ-driven rockers like "(Love is Sucha) Funny Word" and increasingly nuanced compositions such as "Main Street," with its "Leader of the Pack" drumbeat. Virgin Forest and Dead People open the 9 p.m. show. —Chris Parker

Price: $14-16

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