Music menu (5/11/2009)

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The Dexateens Quite literally one of my favorite bar bands (said affectionately) on the planet, Tuscaloosa, Ala.'s The Dexateens have been hammering the East Coast (albeit sporadically) for more than 10 years now. A mix of three "rang'n" guitars (to use a term coined by Drive-by Trucker Patterson Hood), country honk and post-punk jangle, it's a Southern-specific brew accurately described by the band as "Black Flag meets Blackfoot meets Black Oak Arkansas." As a result, the band's shows are remarkably free of scene-specific cliques, drawing a cross-section of folks looking for little more than a sure-nuff, sweaty good time. At last glance, the band's 2008 album Lost and Found was still available on the band's site as a free digital download; consider it an ass-kicking aperitif for the band's upcoming Singlewide, recorded in Nashville, Tenn., with vet Mark Nevers, and due this summer. With Tennessee's The Features and Those Darlins, two bands worth the price of admission all by their lonesome. The Milestone

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