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When: Sat., Dec. 6, 9 p.m. 2014

Missouri band Trampled Under Foot are supposed to be retro blues—but they end up being a reminder that in the 70s, retro blues was basically rock, which is pretty retro itself at this stage. They certainly reference Muddy Waters and Freddie King, but only via touchstones such as ZZ Top, Joplin, or the Stones. Trampled Under Foot don’t rival any of those predecessors, but if you’re a fan of the idiom, it’s solidly satisfying to hear guitarist Nick Schnebelen tear into a dirty solo or his sister Danielle unleash her tough, throaty voice, which channels southern soul with an authority that would make Rod Stewart or Ann Wilson raise a lighter. At their worst (which includes whenever Nick sings), Trampled Under Foot are pleasant enough, albeit a little boring. At their best, as on a gleeful live version of “Rock and Roll” or the borderline funk number “I Just Wanna Dance,” they’re worthy heirs to the badass, sexy rock swagger of their illustrious idols. “Bad Bad Feeling,” from 2013’s Badlands (Telarc), is a fine paranoid man-doing-wrong slow burner with a sinewy hook that feels like it should be leaping out of a car radio. Alas, rock (like blues) has outlived its moment on the charts, but Trampled Under Foot show there’s no shame in keeping the faith. —Noah Berlatsky

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