The Deadstring Brothers

Thursday, March 9, at 9 p.m. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)

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$7. 314-773-3363.
Composed of four Detroit amigos and one amiga (harmony singer Marsha Marjieh, who is too good not to sing some lead), the Deadstring Brothers revive the comatose, quasi-country bar-band formula. They're probably sick of the Band and Stones circa Exile on Main Street comparisons, but the associations are inevitable given singer and songwriter Kurt Marschke's drawling, full-throated snarl (not to mention the jubilant rave-ups, an obsession with sinners and shadows, and slide guitar slipping into a thick Hammond-organ stereo mix). They're funky but not jammy, loud but not noisy, smart but not effete — hence they're anathema to indie fashion, which is all the more reason to catch their St. Louis debut.
 
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