Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 6

Silver Jews, Walter's on Washington, September 18: "[Silver Jews frontman David] Berman strode around the stage with confidence; you wouldn't know he's still getting used to playing live. At times, he looked so loose that he might slump to the floor had he not been leaning on the mic stand." (Troy Schulze)

Drive-By Truckers, Meridian, September 24: "The Truckers have gradually infused more and more pre-rock music (both black and white) into their songs, which have as many gnarled roots and branches as the average Southern family tree. But at the core they remain a rock and roll band, and that core melted down all over Meridian's main room."

Black Keys, Meridian, September 30: "Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach's industrial-strength guitar/drum duets thrive on simplicity - a teeth-baring riff and an ocean of drums, and that's about it. It would be wrong to read any more into it than that, but the Keys did an A-plus job."

Walkmen, Walter's on Washington, October 9: "The New Yorkers gave the appreciative audience a tight set that split the difference between folk-rock and post-punk; imagine Neil Young & Crazy Horse's 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' meets the Strokes' 'Hard to Explain.'"

The Cardinals, Verizon Wireless Theater, October 14: "Ensconcing himself stage right, further back than the drum kit, Adams almost seemed like he was hiding - from his reputation as one of the primary prima donnas in rock and roll, no doubt." - Chris Gray

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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