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Little Tybee w/Milktooth, Poly & Dawn Drapes 

When: Fri., Aug. 1, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $7
A somewhat predictable phenomenon infiltrated my life when I crossed the 30-year-old threshold: Four-band bills represented less an endless night of curiosity and more a tiresome prospect, just one more thing keeping me from mindless Netflix streaming or, well, sleep. But occasionally local promoters curate stuffed bills worth experiencing from beginning to end, even for this impatient malcontent, and that’s even more the case when a subtle narrative runs through the evening — how, for instance, this show blends four Southern bands that view the importance of the electric guitar in wildly divergent ways. Nashville’s Milktooth, led by the magnetic voice and songwriting talent of David Condos, deploys the six-string in ways both moody and brash, not unlike The National, The Walkmen or The Black Keys, whereas fellow Music City trio Poly eschews guitars entirely, looking to ’30s-era jazz and pop standards for inspiration. Atlanta’s Little Tybee and Harrisonburg, Va.’s The Dawn Drapes fall somewhere in between, the former using electric guitars to augment what is primarily an acoustic-based chamber folk/pop sound, the latter doing the same in the service of keys-driven, soft-rocking balladry. And yet, amazingly, the night mostly promises coherence and, if nothing else, enough set changes to keep aging critics engaged. RYAN BURLESON


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