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Golden Boys, Spider Bags, Living Statues Soundboard

When: Sun., Oct. 5, 9:30 p.m. 2008

Austin’s Golden Boys are a bar band at heart, which makes me like them that much more for pulling off what most bar bands never do—balance a reckless party spirit with the nuanced songwriting of great rock ’n’ roll. For starters, on “Mine You a Diamond” and “I’m Alone,” both from the forthcoming Goodbye Country (Monofonus Press), they prove they know when and how to use seventh and minor chords—knowledge sadly rare in garage-inspired music. If you can imagine a combination of ’85 Replacements on the cusp of being too drunk to play and early Pavement actually waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed, all with a near perfect Lee Hazlewood tinge, you’ll have a good feel for what these guys are up to. —Brian Costello

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