Rock & Pop

Meat Puppets

When: Sat., Sept. 19, 9 p.m. 2009

Eighteen years after its release, Nirvana's grunge masterpiece Nevermind manages to still sound fresh. While the indie music scene these days noodles into all kinds of genres, few bands match Kurt Cobain's ability to make rock sound exciting again. That appears to be the primary goal of Athens, Georgia's Dead Confederate, who added a Southern spin to the Seattle band's sound on its 2008 debut, Wrecking Ball, down to singer Hardy Morris' sullen demeanor, raspy yowl, stringy hair, and holey Levi's. There's no denying that the band can craft raw, immediate, and moving (albeit pretty melodramatic) rock songs of its own -- single "The Rat" being the prime example. The band still needs to find its own sound without being so derivative, but they're clearly onto something. Check them out when they stop by Slim's (333 11th St., San Francisco) on Saturday, Sept. 19, opening for theMeat Puppets. 9 p.m., $17, $19.

Kathleen Richards

Price: $17-$19

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