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Two Gallants 

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The members of this San Francisco duo were only in their early 20s when they released their 2004 debut, The Throes, which made their scary-old-man Americana act seem a bit presumptuous. But halfway through the second song I gave in and just let myself be impressed by the prodigiousness of their talent. Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel sound a hundred years older on Two Gallants' second album, What the Toll Tells (Saddle Creek)--their ever intensifying murder ballads, prison songs, and heartbreak howls are so convincing the two could be mediums possessed by hungry ghosts. They get favorably compared to labelmate and mentor Conor Oberst, which I think is damning with faint praise; I'll give 'em some real praise and say their songs scare me almost as much as 16 Horsepower's did. Langhorne Slim and the Trainwreck Riders open. a 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

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