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The Night Beats 

When: Fri., Aug. 24, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $10
You can take the musicians out of Texas, but good luck trying to wrestle the Lone Star State out of Night Beats. A few years ago, singer Danny "Lee Blackwell" Rajan and drummer James Traeger relocated to Seattle, where they joined forces with Tarek Wegner on bass. They may be named after a Sam Cooke album, but their sound is pure psychedelia—specifically, 13th Floor Elevators, who broke sonic ground in Austin in the late '60s. For such a sprawling, depraved-sounding band, Night Beats are remarkably conscientious about details: From the far-off vocal, the pounding echo of the bass, the distorted surf of the guitar, and the tight songwriting, their self-titled LP sounds remarkably like a 45 with a half century of collected dust. Does this make them a period piece, based on the sonic novel by Roky Erickson? Yes, please. REBECCA WILSON

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