Rock & Pop

Tom Luce

When: Thu., March 11, 9 p.m. 2010

Berkeley's TheBig Nasty is a trio that blends folk, rock, blues, and country into a hard-hitting package. Its energetic playing is driven by an amazingly precise rhythm section made up of percussionist and Cajon player Matthew Smith and stand-up bass man Ryan Lukas, with Jacob Groopman supplying lead line on a bare-bones Telecaster setup -- one guitar, one amp, no effects. Lucas writes fine original songs and can growl like a bluesman or croon like a Nashville cowboy to deliver them. The band's impressive debut, PaperCity, is a double EP that was recorded live, no overdubs, in keeping with the band's in-yer-face philosophy. The Big Nasty plays a free show on Thursday, Mar. 11, at the Starry Plough (3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). 9 p.m.


Price: free

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