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Deer Tick, Guards 

When: Sat., Nov. 5, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $15
Deer Tick's fourth album, Divine Providence, is exactly what you'd expect from Providence, Rhode Island's rowdy Americana mash-up band. From the anthemic and sloppy gang vocals of drunk-punk track "Let's All Go to the Bar" to the cross-eyed, after-hours balladeering in the first single "Miss K.," the album is a juvenile boozehound lament masquerading as relevant American music. The group has done a fine job of cultivating their brash image since the popularity of 2009's Born on Flag Day, and while the world will always need rousers for the rabble, John McCauley and his crew will have to wrap up their bender—or at least stop recounting its foggy details in song—if they ever intend to move their music past ephemera. Alternately, Guards—headed by Richie James Follin of LA's supremely excellent and sadly defunct psych rock band the Willowz—makes raw and immediate rock that is completely worth your time and ticket money. RAQUEL NASSER

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