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Ettes, Heavy Cream, Hans Condor 18+ Early Warnings (Music) The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Wed., Aug. 10, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $12
For their supremely solid 2009 album Do You Want Power, the Ettes brought in Greg Cartwright of the Reigning Sound to produce, but for the brand-new Wicked Will (Krian/Fond Object) they've once again gone with Liam "I don't know if you heard, but I engineered the White Stripes' Grammy-winning 2003 album Elephant" Watson, who was behind the boards for two earlier Ettes records. Watson works with what's always worked for the band: the soul and garagey sass of front woman Lindsay "Coco" Hames. On Do You Want Power her voice sometimes got muddled up with the guitar fuzz, but the production here adds clarity and crispness to her persona—Hames owns Wicked Will from the get-go, when she sets up the pins with the ominous opening number, an acoustic yarn called "Teeth" ("The funny thing about it is I know you got what I need / But every time you smile, I can tell you're just showing your teeth"). That's followed by a more Ettes-centric jam, the driving, blown-out "Excuse," and in two songs, the trio has created fitting soundtracks for two different scenarios: a pair of haggard, middle-aged drunks slow dancing in a dank Nashville bar, then a pool-playing dude coolly tapping his foot to the beat while eyeing his next shot in a dank Nashville bar. And twangy romps like "My Heart" and "Trouble With You" are just too damn infectious to deny. —Kevin Warwick



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