Live Tonight: Red City Radio, Nappy Roots and The Autumn Defense

A bill of pop-punk's best midsized bands outght to have no problem filling El Corazon's lounge tonight. Headlining is Oklahoma City's RED CITY RADIO, which combine the Jawbreaker/Hot Water Music style of gravelly vocals with Bad Religion's three-part harmonies. Two Red Scare Records bands, who each put out good records last year, also appear: Elways and Direct Hit! With Success, Poke Da Squid. El Corazon Lounge, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 262-0482, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. All Ages. DAVE LAKE

Twelve years ago, it looked like "country rap" was going to be a thing. In 2001, Bubba Sparxxx was scoring unlikely hits spitting lyrics from his tractor. And then came NAPPY ROOTS, who in 2002 released the best-selling rap album of the year with Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz, featuring infectious bangers about rural black life. Whether country rap's sudden popularity had something to do with America's post-9/11 embrace of everything from the heartland is too big a question to answer here, but suffice to say the genre and the artists who championed it did not have much staying power throughout the aughts. Newer Nappy songs can sound like an inspirational speaker's script as the group recounts the emotional peaks and valeys that come with going from multiplatinum to has-been (the takeaway: Don't abuse Jack Daniels). But it still has an ear for a great beat, and Skinny DeVille still has one of the best flows in the game. With the Staxx Brothers. Nectar Lounge. $12. 21 and over. DANIEL PERSON

John Stirratt and Pat Sansone are most known for their work in experimental alt-country outfit Wilco, but their work in THE AUTUMN DEFENSE shows the two are perfectly capable of crafting indie-pop tunes on their own. Impeccable Americana hooks and soulful crooning show the duo as a polished act, not just a side project. With Hand of the Hills, Lowlands. Tractor Tavern. $15. 8 p.m. 21 and over. DUSTY HENRY

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