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Dex Romweber Duo w/The Royal Tinfoil 

When: Thu., Dec. 27, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $10/advance, $12/door

First as a member of the iconic Flat Duo Jets, and now as one-half of the Dex Romweber Duo, Dex Romweber has been making music since the early 1980s and has thousands of shows and 14 records to his name. "Nothing really surprises me anymore," he says. "I've played to three people. I've played to thousands. If setbacks happen, even the failure of a record, you've seen them before." Romweber and his sister Sarah, a drummer, joined up in 2007 and have continued to develop the strummy, electric, chaotic surf-rock sound that's so beloved by musicians like Jack White, Neko Case, and Cat Power, to name just a few. It's easy to see why, too — just listen to the Duo's most recent album, Is That You in the Blue? Some sounds on this mix of covers and originals belong in a smoke-filled lounge in a gritty, more desperate version of an early James Bond movie. Others sound like something the Beach Boys might sing if they struggled with existential depression (and it's great, in case you're wondering). Still others, like "Homicide," feel plucked out of a modern-day Western. The common thread is an absolute absence of romanticization, which is a quality so rare it's practically a unicorn. The duo plans to head to the studio in February to begin working on their third record together. —Elizabeth Pandolfi

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