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Drive-By Truckers
Drive-By Truckers

June 28
Drive-By Truckers/The Hold Steady @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave. 8 p.m. $44. 631-673-7300

Southern rock often gets derided as music being made by rednecks by the uninformed despite the brilliance of lyricists like Ronnie Van Zant. Drive-By Truckers carry that tradition on of banging out the kind weighty and far more compelling fare that has them residing in the shadow of fellow southerners Kings of Leon. No surprise given the fact that DBT has explored the Deep South and its mythos by way of concept pieces tied into legendary figures like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sam Phillips and Sherriff Buford Pusser. The band’s tenth and newest studio album, English Oceans, produces a sound that features the best elements the genre can offer. Bookending this bill is Williamsburg’s favorite sons The Hold Steady. Originating from Minneapolis, the quintet comes with a Midwestern rock sensibility that contains the DNA of fellow irascible Minnesotans the Replacements and Husker Du while somehow still channeling the spirit of vintage ‘70s-era Springsteen.  Teeth Dreams is THS’s sixth album and first in four years. With ex-Lucero guitarist Steve Selvidge joining the band in the studio for the first time, Craig Finn and the rest of the crew continue down the same path of character-driven mini-vignettes albeit with a country music-flavored vibe.


Bela Fleck
Bela Fleck

June 29
Westhampton Beach
Bela Fleck & Brooklyn Rider @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main St., 8 p.m. $80, $70, $60. 631- 288-1500

Jazz banjo may seem like one of those instrumental oxymorons like R&B gamalon or polka bagpipes, but for nearly three decades, Bela Fleck has made his hay with an instrument normally associated with Hee Haw. Fleck must be doing something right with his musical wanderlust as he’s been nominated for Grammys in jazz, bluegrass, pop, country, spoken word, composition, Christian and world music. Currently on a break from the Flecktones, Fleck returned 2013 with The Imposter, his first new album in three years.

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