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Jeff the Brotherhood, Rabble Rabble, Natural Child, State Champion 

When: Mon., June 21, 9:30 p.m. 2010
Price: Free
Their band name, the title of last year's Heavy Days (on the band's own Infinity Cat), and the stoner-van bubble lettering on its cover are pretty big tipoffs that this Tennessee grunge-punk duo—actual brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall—are kind of the band equivalent of Jeff Spicoli. For a small group, Jeff the Brotherhood makes a pretty massive sound: Heavy Days is a loving, burnout-friendly tribute to fuzz pedals and big-ass riffs handed down from 70s guitar boogie bands by generations of devotees (and burnished by loving use along the way). But if you can look past the Orralls' caveman-rock moments and their "yeah bro" vibe you'll find a surprising amount of subtlety in the mix. "U Got the Look" is a high-performance burner with a propulsive and tricky guitar lead that justifies the Hawkwind comparisons, while underneath its thick layer of distortion "Bone Jam" sort of resembles some of the dreamier garage pop being made these days. —Miles Raymer


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