Garage bands were hard to tell apart in the actual garage-band era of the mid '60s, and it's no different today. What separates The Greenhornes from the pack isn't their competent-plus songs or the deadpan singing of frontman Craig Fox. What makes the group special is the playing of Fox and the rhythm section — drummer Patrick Keeler keeps everything on the edge and in the pocket, while bassist Jack Lawrence defines nearly every performance with his melodic lines. After moving to Nashville from the band's Cincinnati home, Lawrence and Keeler played with Jack White in The Raconteurs (and Lawrence with The Dead Weather, as well) before getting back together with Fox to revive The Greenhornes — expect a new full-length, Four Stars, in October. When they nail it, as on the 2005 track “I'm Going Away," these guys sound as songful as The Flamin' Groovies, and that's beyond the reach of the average garage rocker.
9 p.m. at The Basement. Carl Broemel (of My Morning Jacket) opens.