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The Misery Jackals 

When: Sat., Jan. 5, 10 p.m. 2013
Price: Free

"Bluethrash" is Bill Corgan's favorite term to describe what the Misery Jackals do. "When people ask you what do you play, what do you sound like, you have to articulate it somehow. Bluegrass punk, that works. But bluethrash — that's a good one," he says. The Jackals date back to 2007, when Corgan and three other musicians teamed up to play a mix of bluegrass, oompah, gypsy, punk, and about four other genres all rolled up into one tricky, rebellious ball. And though you can hear touches of all those styles in their songs, the two biggest influences are definitely punk and bluegrass. In "Misery Jackal," for example, the angry-kid lyrics "It always makes me laugh / When I see people fall down / And when they start to cry / I love to hear the sound" are set to some double-time banjo and guitar strumming that would make an Appalachian grandpappy proud. The Jackals just put out their first full-length album, No Place for Children, in 2011, and they're satisfied with that for now. "We're not in any kind of big hurry [to record again]," says Corgan. "We don't have any reason to put something out on a schedule because we don't have a label trying to force a contract down our throats." Now that's a comment that both their punk rock and bluegrass forefathers would approve of. —Elizabeth Pandolfi



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