Its official: the indie rock establishment has found Americana the way recovering alcoholics find religion. These days, there are far too many bands successfully shilling lame-ass imitations of country music to all the tight-pants wearing, Stereogum-reading, Devendra Banhart-loving hipsters like so many plastic, crucified Jesuses. And the Avett Brothers, who play the Paramount on August 28, are a prime example. Listening to them is like drinking whiskey-flavored Kool-Aid. Sure, theyre from North Carolina, as are the Hackensaw Boys, but authenticity is not dependent on a group's geographic origins (the Drive-By Truckers may be from the deep South, but somehow, Patterson Hoods accent still manages to sound fake). The Hackensaw Boys, however, have maintained both Southern cred and country cred with a bluegrass sound thats influenced by punk rock, but doesnt sound like its either forcingor apologizing forits twang. Founded by Modest Mouse vet Tom Peloso and Robert "Mahlon" Bullington in 1999, the name of band's most recent release, 2007s Look Out, now seems foreboding: The boys are no longer listed on the roster of the bands longtime label, Nettwerk, possibly because they havent done as well as former, like-minded labelmates Old Crow Medicine Show. Lets hope they can find a new label home that appreciates their skill. With Charlie Parr.
Wed., July 22, 9 p.m., 2009