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The Gaslight Anthem 

When: Sat., May 10 2014
Price: $22/adv., $25/door
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death metal, 8 p.m.

Gaslight Anthem wears their hearts and their influences on their sleeves. They write stormy, heart-pumping rock that combines Bruce Springsteen’s anthemic spirit with chunky, punky rock ’n’ roll. You have to forgive frontman Brian Fallon for his impassioned lyrical drama and romanticism ­— he’s from New Jersey, where the Boss is imprinted at the DNA level. Around him, the music’s clamorous power-chord punk roots evoke Social Distortion and The Replacements, both of which accent the middle finger in Fallon’s fist-in-the-air theatrics. Gaslight’s unapologetically earnest approach is powered by a spirited live show that has quickly gathered fans and accolades in equal measure. They followed their raucous breakthrough second album, The ’59 Sound, with 2010’s rootsy American Slang and 2012’s Handwritten, which split the difference between the two. It reached No. 3 on Billboard. The prolific quartet has also released five EPs in addition to an album of outtakes, covers, and B-sides in January. In March they began preproduction on their fifth, presently untitled album. This tour appears to be a chance to road-test material before setting it to tape. —Chris Parker SATURDAY

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