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Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Flesh Panthers, Le Tour 

When: Thu., Sept. 4, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $10, $8 in advance
Singer and guitarist Lee Bains III tooled around with country-rock in Tuscaloosa’s Dexateens during their less ferocious final stretch in the late aughts, but since forming his band the Glory Fires in 2010 he’s made a leap into the southern-fried rock Alabama was famous for in the 70s. You might expect someone with Bains’s punk leanings to play such music with a sly wink, but he does no such thing. The in-the-red production on the group’s second album, Dereconstructed (Sub Pop), by Texas punk legend Tim Kerr, makes their 2012 debut sound polite, and Bains adopts the tropes and riffs of the Marshall Tucker Band without a whiff of sarcasm. He loves Alabama (on “The Kudzu and the Concrete” he sings, “We were like to drown / In the odor of honeysuckle / And old Lincolns running rich / On Oporto Madrid,” name-checking a major road in Birmingham), but he’s not blind to the hard times and uphill struggles people in his city sometimes face (on “The Weeds Downtown” he laments, “So many old friends retired / If not expired by the time we were 23”). Luckily, he entirely avoids redneck cliches, and on “What’s Good and Gone” he excoriates the legacy of slavery and ignorance. The band’s lacerating attack is granite hard, but the only thing excessive about it is its loudness: the meaty guitars of Bains and Eric Wallace grind, pivot, and collide over the loose grooves of bassist Adam Williamson and drummer Blake Williamson, summoning the spirit of vintage ZZ Top and early-70s Rolling Stones. —Peter Margasak



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