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The Toadies w/ Black Pistol Fire 

When: Sat., Aug. 9 2014
Price: $17/adv, $20/door
rock, 8 p.m.

After grinding it out for a few years and releasing two full-length records and an EP, Black Pistol Fire knew their next release was going to have to kick some serious ass. “The previous year had been a real struggle for us,” guitarist/vocalist Kevin McKeown says. “I wanted us to start making waves and for more people to hear the music, so Hush or Howl was a ‘put up or shut up’ record.” The Canadian duo does anything but shut up on Howl. Between the groovy rock ’n’ roll swagger of “Dimestore Heartthrob,” the gritty White Stripes-esque “Alabama Coldcock,” and the avalanche of sound that propels “Run Rabbit Run,” the album is filled with fire and verve to the nth degree. But there are also some pleasant surprises, like the banjo-led Appalachian jig “Your Turn to Cry” and the harmonica-heavy Americana ballad “Grease My Wheel.” Much of Howl’s content was written in 2012 after Shut Up, but the band wisely decided to hold off on making an album. “Taking our time was the right choice,” says McKeown. “I had been working on these songs off and on, but when I look back now, I can hear and see the underlining theme to the album.” And what theme is that? Rocking your socks off, of course. —Brian Palmer SATURDAY

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