Music Around Town

Old 97s/Banditos

When: Sat., Oct. 24, 8:30 p.m. 2015

When Old 97s played last year at the Beachland Ballroom, the group opened with the rowdy “If My Heart Was a Car,” and singer-guitarist Rhett Miller tossed his floppy hair in the air as if he just didn’t care. Band members have bragged that they never rehearse and that certainly might be the case. If you were to compare the live renditions of many of the songs in the set, you’d find a number of flaws. “Dance with Me,” a country waltz of sorts, was played twice as fast as it should have been. Though the acoustic intro of “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” stayed true to its studio counterpart, the song quickly turned into a garage-y jam. And the band turned up the volume for “Every Night is Friday Night (Without You),” reveling in it as if were a punk rock anthem instead of a country-ish ballad. The band's live shows are always ragged affairs but definitely worth catching. (Niesel)

Price: $20 ADV, $22 DOS

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