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Headlights, Shaky Hands, Pomegranates, Still Life Still 

When: Sat., Oct. 17, 9 p.m. 2009
Price: $10, limited $5 tickets
The appealingly frayed indie-rock on this Portland combo's second album, Lunglight (Kill Rock Stars/Holocene), got a real boost from Colin Anderson's twitchy drumming, but a couple months before it came out last fall he quit the band. He was briefly replaced by Nathan Delffs, brother of singer and guitarist Nick Delffs, and then by Jake Morris, formerly of the Joggers. With Morris aboard the Shaky Hands sound a lot more solid on their brand-new Let It Die (Kill Rock Stars), and at first I missed the tension created by Anderson's spasmodic playing. But between the strong, idiosyncratic songs, Delffs's charismatic rasp, and guitarist Jeff Lehman's nicely grotty tone and flailing solos, the Shaky Hands make a familiar sound—upbeat post-classic rock with a touch of Stonesy swagger—feel fresh again. —Peter Margasak

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