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When: Thu., Aug. 2, 5 p.m. and Fri., Aug. 3, 5 p.m. 2012

Cains & Abels front man David Sampson was raised in a strict religious household, and the group's biblical name isn't the only thing imparting a certain Old Testament quality to My Life Is Easy (released in March by Whistler Records, the record label of the Logan Square craft-cocktail joint of the same name). On "You Know Which One" Sampson pitches his voice somewhere between an Appalachian keen and a Levantine ululation, and the droning guitars, primal drums, and camel's-­plod pacing make the song sound like something recorded during a desert exile. Though My Life Is Easy is a heavy album overall, it's not suffocating, and tracks such as album opener "Run Run Run"—which evokes a less sunshiny Beach Boys—ease the occasionally somber atmosphere. This is the last evening of Cains & Abels' 11-show residency at Township (formerly Pancho's). —Miles Raymer

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