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The Real Nasty 

When: Sat., Nov. 12, 9:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $5-$10

The apparently indefatigable country trio The Real Nasty has issued its second album in the space of a single year, and this one ventures into harder, blues-rock territory. Whereas the group's 2010 debut relied largely on stark harmonies, rangy ballads, and the woodenness of Matthew "Smitty" Smith's cajon drum against the light thrum of Ryan Lukas' upright bass, this one places more emphasis on electric guitar. Indeed, guitarist Jacob Groopman has largely become the star of the show. That said, the group still relies on old-timey signifiers, like the honky-tonk shuffle rhythm of "Can't Stand It" or the growly, drawly lilt of Groopman's vocals on "Drunk Love" and "Baby & a Bottle." Last year The Real Nasty cut a "360" development deal with Berkeley label Ninth Street Opus, which enables the band members to work on music full time. Thus far, they've amassed a copious and ever-evolving repertoire. The band celebrates its album release at The Starry Plough Pub (3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on Saturday, Nov. 12. 9:30 p.m., $5, $10. StarryPloughPub.com

— Rachel Swan

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