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The Drams

With the Black Diamonds and Most Beautiful Losers. Wednesday, August 9, at the Beachland Tavern.

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Formed from the ashes of rustic Texas rock band Slobberbone, the Drams work a combination of countrified Stones and windblown anti-Nashville C&W. Singer-guitarist Brent Best has steered his new quintet into poppier, less guitar-reliant territory. Rootsy power pop and jangly country-folk rule the debut, Jubilee Dive, making it sound reminiscent of R.E.M. or Matthew Sweet. The demise of Slobberbone was a drag -- it was a standard-bearer of both traditional and more contemporary country-rock sounds -- but Best's fine songwriting will probably receive a better hearing in these hook-heavy arrangements.

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