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The Avett Brothers
White Fang, Mad Rad, Breakfast Mountain, Chk Minus, Dash Exp at Comet Tavern, 9 p.m. $8.

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Live Music Roundup: Friday, August 28

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The Avett Brothers
White Fang, Mad Rad, Breakfast Mountain, Chk Minus, Dash Exp at Comet Tavern, 9 p.m. $8.

Last year's Pure Evil may have seen a proper release thanks to Portland's Marriage Records, but White Fang's sound remains steeped in the homemade hiss of their CD-R and cassette past. In fact, the quartet of grinning Portland teens casts off its trashy two-minute treasures with such beery punk harmonies and itchy hardcore thrashing that it's tough to imagine them adopting a drop of polish. It may be brashly lo-fi, but Pure Evil casts its net wider in places, with the occasional frazzled trumpet line or ska-flirting guitar lick, and even some tangles of country and a pair of instrumentals. There's a great sloshing chorus to "Green Beanz" - "And I will sing until the day I die" - and even better is the ludicrously catchy album opener "Breakfast." Imagine an unholy blend of Dexy's Midnight Runners and 7 Seconds, only late for class and with bedhead. DOUG WALLEN

Jucifer, Lesbian, Sod Hauler, Plaster, Ubik at El Corazon, 8 p.m., $10 adv, $12 dos

While their moniker conjures images of what Satan might prefer to drink for breakfast, Jucifer's sonic presence is a veritable smorgasbord of delicious and confounding sounds. Frontwoman Amber Valentine wields as much versatility in her elastic vocal presence as she does in her wall-of-sound guitar playing, vacillating naturally between sweet whisper and primal scream. Drummer Edgar Livengood, Valentine's husband and constant touring companion, is as tasteful as he is powerful, backing his super vixen with equal parts style and substance. Jucifer alone is reason to head to El Corazon, but the local support on the bill is also phenomenal and includes math-y metal mavens Lesbian, doom-driven stoner sludge courtesy of Sod Hauler and unapologetically classic shredding via Plaster. Lube up your ears, kids, this is gonna be one beautifully brutal orgy of rock. HANNAH LEVIN

Harvey Danger, Ships, Sleepy Kitty at the Vera, 7:30 p.m., $13

There's not enough space here to pseudo-intellectually parse through what Harvey Danger - officially disbanding after this weekend - did or never did mean to this town's music scene in the 1990s. So let's move right along to why you should still try to snag a ticket. Harvey Danger's enjoyed fruitful collaborations with a number of more-now bands you love, Seattle-based and beyond - Death Cab, the Long Winters, Nada Surf, the Decemberists - so the surprise-guest list just might make for a "you hadda be there" moment in the fandom narrative of your life. Harvey Danger's third and final album, Little By Little... is pretty good, largely unheralded and deserving of a posthumous sales bump. Most importantly, it will be admitted here for those who won't admit it themselves: "Flagpole Sitta" is an awesome, perfect song that induces happy-pop head-banging so potently, it's like a drug. Go ahead and get your one last fix. ROSE MARTELLI

Avett Brothers, Heartless Bastards at Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m., $30, all ages

Since 2000, the fraternal duo of Seth and Scott Avett have lead their folk-rock group with the earnest delivery of a classic Southern rock band with an eye for pretty girls, except these guys have softer hearts and a collective ear for both down-home roots and unhinged punk energy. After several years of extensive touring and putting out nearly a dozen well-received studio albums (and several live releases), the brothers caught the attention of legendary sonic guru Rick Rubin, who not only signed them to his Columbia Records imprint label, American Recordings, but got behind the boards for their latest release, I and Love and You, which drops later this month. Tonight they are perfectly paired with openers Heartless Bastards, an Ohio-based, guitar-driven trio that consistently deliver engrossing, impassioned live performances. HANNAH LEVIN

 
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