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Future Kings of Nowhere, Prayers & Tears, Magnolia Collective

When: Fri., May 4, 9 p.m. 2012

It's like a joke where three people walk into a bar, each with their own defining characteristic. The first to arrive is Magnolia Collective, who could show up in a straw cap with a thin stalk of grain dangling from their (collective) mouth, as down-home and rustic as they sound. Banjo, bluegrass and mandolin battle against a Southern-tinged rock backdrop. The next guest steps straight off the milk carton: The Prayers and Tears always brought offbeat idiosyncrasy to their elegant chamber rock, but their last release was nearly six years ago. Their two albums are terrific blends of disheveled sweetness and delicate ache swell enough for NPR, sometimes cut with odd electro-squiggles or sudden left turns. The evening's stars are the Future Kings of Nowhere, who come bearing their new Pirates EP. Their boisterous, acoustic-driven rock has the ramshackle "Unsatisfied" spirit of the Replacements and a surprisingly deft pop touch, as on the Tin Pan Alley-tinged EP track "The Way You Look Tonight." —Chris Parker

Price: $8

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