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Monday, June 14, 2010

Hounds Tooth

Soul Rockin (Tweed Tone)

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Milwaukee blues rock group Hounds Tooth sounds hungry and committed. When it comes to vocals and guitar chops, Jared James Nichols practices restraint where others of his generation (he cites Stevie Ray Vaughan as a formative influence) would add flash. The quartet of local music veterans might not add anything new to their post-Albert/B.B./Freddie King licks, but Bob Noll and Jeff Oscarson keep a tight rhythmic pocket between their respective bass and drums. Lyrics by Nichols' fellow axeman/singer, J.D. Optekar, express their style's customary pain and joy. Add remakes by stalwarts such as Leon Russell and Duke Robillard, and a formidable new blues force raises its profile around town.

Hounds Tooth will celebrate a CD release 9 p.m. June 18 at Piano Blu in Pewaukee. June 19 finds them at The Painted Parrot. On June 25, the band headlines a 9 p.m. date at The Starting Gate in Germantown.


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