The Grates

Now setting up a weekly residency, this Aussie trio's come quite a ways since being arty childhood friends. On paper, grunge-gone-pop sounds dicey but, to their credit, they make it work, thanks in no small part to Patience Hodgson's off-color vocal inflections and cheerleader enthusiasm. Several impressive SXSW appearances have helped them, too. Pray that the BMI baddies don't find some reason to bust them for "great and incalculable damage" as they're doing with the venue here. With the Jaguar Club, Apollo Run, and Spiral Beach.
Wed., July 15, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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