That might be taking the MPs a bit more seriously than they'd likely take themselves: Certainly songs like "More Man," which targets hipster male egos with the prickly chorus "I'm more man than you'll ever be and more woman than you'll ever get," have more play than poignance on their mischievous minds. But the band's ironic warping of bluegrass and string-band styles never chills the way they cook through standards like "Workin' on a Building" or "Little Maggie." The Meat Purveyors may not respect much, but they know what it takes to pull off both traditionals and left-field covers like the Velvet Underground's "What Goes On." And though they're playing Cicero's, which seems to have completely succumbed to the mass psychosis known as jam bands, the Purveyors are undeniably spry and smart about their acoustic, off-kilter kind of country.
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