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Miranda Lambert

Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Savvis Center (1401 Clark Avenue)

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"Kerosene," the country single of 2005, was written by Miranda Lambert, a 22-year-old former Nashville Star-let who seems to listen to the Velvet Underground rather than panty-bunched Music Row bean-counters or No Depression critics who'll tell you what you can and can't do in a country song. "Forget your high society, I'm soaking it in kerosene," she sings. "Light 'em up and watch 'em burn/Teach 'em what they need to learn." If punk rock has any meaning, then behold Lambert's corrosive "Hah!" deep in the belly of the Nashville beast, stomping everything — love, culture, country — into powder and blowing it to No. 1 in 3:05. And if country has any meaning, it's been renewed by her madly catchy brand of class war.

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