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The Mercy Brothers McGonigel's Mucky Duck, August 15

Houston may not have seen a band like the Mercy Brothers around these parts since the Sideshow Tramps (mostly) folded up the tent. The five-piece from about 200 miles east in Lafayette, La., are the kind of evangelists who have no fear about playing the Lord's music in the devil's stomping grounds.

To them, "gospel music" includes country, rockabilly, R&B, second-line, swamp pop and other great stuff from the state where the cooking is spicy and the music even spicier. The Brothers' one and only album, Holy Ghost Power!, came out last December and is available at their shows, where you can hear their saucy covers of Prince's "Erotic City" and the Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died," too.

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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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