The Dead Trees

I could take the easy way out and say that the Dead Trees sound just like Pavement, and leave it at that. But that wouldn’t be entirely fair to the scruffy Portland-via-Boston quartet. Yes, they’ve borrowed a fair amount of shambolic guitars, disheveled rhythms, languid vocals, and country-rock textures from Malkmus and company here and there, but they also have a sharp enough songwriting acumen and ear for other sounds – grimy power-pop, riff-rock, and such Pavement source material as the Meat Puppets and Dinosaur Jr. – to keep things interesting. I caught them last year opening for Little Joy, the side project of Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti (who like fellow Strokes-man Albert Hammond Jr. has been a fervent Dead Trees champion), and their set was spirited, sweaty, and charismatic. It was far less about hearing something that’s been done before than hearing something done exceptionally well. With the Whigs, the Features. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Sat., Nov. 14, 9 p.m., 2009

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