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Black Lips

9 p.m. Thursday, August 4. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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Together since junior high, Black Lips has spent its lifeline downing enough alcohol to fill a swimming pool, dressing like rejects from a particularly rowdy episode of Gilligan's Island and causing so many ruckuses that the refuse could fit in one of the stadiums the band is somehow still not big enough to play. The members are "Bad Kids" of the most self-aware variety, and their rowdy Southern upbringing shows in their music: a crusty, bombastic rock that slithered out of Atlanta around 2003 but found firm footing in 2007's brash Good Bad Not Evil. June's Arabia Mountain finds the foursome braver and more accessible than ever while showing absolutely zero signs of cleaning up its act.

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