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Rizzo & Key, Antietam, Horse's Ha 

When: Sat., June 4, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $10
"I've got a duffle and ten lives," Antietam guitarist Tara Key declares on "Basra Bound," a song from the group's new Tenth Life (Carrot Top). Key and her bass-playing husband, Tim Harris, founded Antietam in 1984 (the band's now rounded out by drummer Josh Madell), but though they're a full generation older than the Iraq-bound soldiers whose survival they pray for, the New York-based trio sure don't sound like they're on their last life. On the new album they drop the spacey, loop-based instrumentals and pensive acoustic numbers that bulked up their mammoth 2008 release, Opus Mixtum, in favor of ten short, sharp tunes distilled till they're as potent as anything bottled in Key and Harris's home state of Kentucky. The rhythm section has Key's back, alternating between loose sprints and relaxed, loping grooves to complement the level of urgency in her full-throated singing, and on every song her guitar leads punch through the music like magma bursting from a volcano. Key also just released Double Star (Thrill Jockey), her second instrumental collaboration with Eleventh Dream Day's Rick Rizzo; though both guitarists indulge in a few hot licks and some textural exploration, most of the record is as focused and tuneful as Tenth Life. Rizzo and EDD multi-­instrumentalist Mark Greenberg will join Antietam after their set for the year's sole scheduled performance of Double Star material. —Bill Meyer



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