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The Constantines

9 p.m. Wednesday, June 3. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

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The music of the Constantines has often been described as a rough-edged mix of post-punk fury and Springsteen-esque working-man's rock & roll. But on last year's Kensington Heights, the Toronto band subtly calls to mind much of the gravelly baritone and signature guitar fuzz of fellow Canadians the Guess Who. (In fact, Heights is dedicated to the late Gar Williams, who designed custom amplifiers that have been a go-to for Canadian rockers for decades.) Songs like "Hard Feelings" and "Time Can Be Overcome" are romping blues songs with tinges of exploratory post-rock — the hallmarks that have always made the Constantines sound at once genuine, classic and energetic.

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