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Lucero, Robert Ellis

When: Wed., June 20, 9 p.m. 2012

Few bands have come as far in the last dozen years as Lucero. Not to disparage their early alt- country beginnings, but they are so much more now. By their fourth album, their traditional roots had picked up rock swagger worthy of the Drive-By Truckers and followed them into greasy southern Soul with the addition of keyboardist Rick Steff (Cat Power). The momentary Springsteen fascination of 2006's Rebels, Rogues and Sworn Brothers fit frontman Ben Nichols' paeans to hard-luck/loving losers. They've only upped the ante with a subsequent major label cup of coffee and their latest, a well-crafted homage to the sounds of their Memphis home. They are peerless live. —Chris Parker

Price: $15-18

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