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River City Tanline, Party Bat 

When: Sat., Aug. 4, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $7 suggested donation
Memphis-based rock 'n' roller Alicja Trout is probably best known for playing cranked, synth-loaded garage with the late Jay Reatard in the Lost Sounds, but since that outfit split she's focused on fronting the relatively straight-up River City Tanlines. They do rock the old-fashioned way, walking bass lines and all, with whiffs of rockabilly swagger and head-bob-worthy power pop. The Tanlines' newest full-length, Coast to Coast (Big Legal Mess), begins with grand and fuzzy spazziness a la mid-aughts Reatard on "I Don't Get It," then transitions to melodic, hand-clap pop a la the Go-Go's—with an extra guitar edge—for "Stop My Heart" and "Pretty Please." Trout's grasp of different eras' various strains of rock 'n' roll—and of how to make them all work alongside one another—smooths the album's disjointed shifts and makes them feel almost welcome. Do I miss the Lost Sounds? Hell yes I do. But it's still nice to see a staple of the Memphis scene doing her part for the greater good. —Kevin Warwick Party Bat and a special guest open.

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