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Adele Bethel and David Gow, founders of Sons and Daughters, first played together as part of Arab Strap's touring band, but their new group's songs bear little resemblance to their old employers' miserable dirges. In fact, Bethel and bandmate Scott Paterson sound positively thrilled to be pissed off when they harmonize on "Blood," from Sons and Daughters' debut EP, Love the Cup (Domino), and throughout the record their terse, twangy guitars seethe with barely restrained tension. Even more exhilarating is "Johnny Cash," where Ailidh Lennon's pummeling bass and Gow's relentless drumming sound bent on knocking down the walls of Folsom Prison; elsewhere Lennon's frantic mandolin strumming gives the EP a jubilant lilt. The record's a thrill, and the band's even better onstage: Bethel's fierce vocal delivery and restless presence match the intensity of the monolithic beat. Midnight Movies play first; Clinic headlines. Saturday 30, 10 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-478-4408 or 866-777-8932, $21, 21+. See also Sunday.

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