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When: Tue., Sept. 9, 9 p.m. 2014

Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard claim to get a fair amount of guff in Nashville circles for adding hints of hip-hop and arena rock to Florida Georgia Line’s brand of country, but the occasional rapped verse or Mutt Lange-worthy beat only makes their band sound more like, well, America. “Cruise,” their top-five come-on to a lady who’s as perfect as a song, is a well-mixed oleo of the hyperproduced twang-pop of Rascal Flatts and the more laid-back work of guest star Nelly (“Ride Wit Me,” “Where the Party At”), topped off with cred-boosting references to trucks and Marshall Tucker. Even on “Party People” (from their debut full-length, 2012’s Here’s to the Good Times), where they give props to David Lee Roth and “country in the rap beat,” they cloak their boom-bap in fingerpicking and southern accents. Florida Georgia Line’s second album, coming in October on Republic Nashville, is called Anything Goes, which suggests that they want to stay on message as rule breakers. But the first single, the ballad “Dirt,” is a thoughtful rumination about the circle of life—and its devotion to the traditional is so through-and-through that it uses a 10 percent down payment on a house as an indication of forthcoming romantic commitment. —Maura Johnston

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