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Bass Drum of Death w/Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders 

When: Sat., March 3, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $10
OK, so maybe you’ve already met your guitar-and-drums two-piece quota for the week (see my Mr. Gnome pick above). But away from the practiced, experimental end of the spectrum and back on the wild, sweaty, lo-fi end of things, you have Mississippi blues-punk duo Bass Drum of Death. Yes, “Nerve Jamming” — the leadoff track from last year’s full-length debut, the visceral and resolute GB City — has a chord progression and a restless energy similar to those of The White Stripes’ “Fell in Love With a Girl.” And yeah, frontman John Barrett’s guitar tone is pretty much what you’d expect on all of these songs — fuzzy and mean, like maybe he listens to The Stooges a lot. But from the urgent, thumping drive of “GB City” and the mad cacophony of “Leaves” to the laid-back coast of “I Could Never Be Your Man” and their whole-hearted cover of “He’s So Fine,” it’s clear that Bass Drum of Death isn’t simply phoning it in. These guys pour sweat and guts into the mix, just like a pair of Mississippi boys with no concern for the well-being of your eardrums.
— D. Patrick Rodgers


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