Old 97’s

While frontman Rhett Miller’s dashing good looks and periodic bids for solo stardom are understandable distractions, the meat of the matter is that the Old 97’s are a reliably electrifying, classic American roots-rock band that everyone should see at some point. For more than 15 years, they’ve been road warriors, purveying a live show that swings joyously between shambolic spectacle and well-oiled onslaught. While they’ve never attained the level of acclaim that peers like Wilco or Ryan Adams enjoy, many of the anthems in their back catalog (such as the roof-raising “Timebomb”) remain some of the best songs in the so-called alt-country canon. With The David Wax Museum. HANNAH LEVIN

Wed., June 30, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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