On United State, Coyote Kolb meld solo-swapping traditionalist brouhahas, somber overtones, a bit of '70s rock expansiveness, and just enough twang to stay gritty while falling well short of any affected honky-tonk buffoonery. And I'm sorry, but on tracks like "Nigredo," "Never Never," and "Charlotte's Web," this record really reminds me of Alice in Chains' unplugged Jar of Flies EP. This is partly because Jerry Cantrell could've replaced Layne Staley with Kolb and told people Staley possessed Kolb's vocal cords from beyond the grave, and everyone would've believed him. But it's also because both records present meditative, gloomy rock and roll that you can slow dance to. In other words, Coyote Kolb ought to have any and every dive-bar crowd in the world eating out of their hands. "We can play pretty much any bar," Kolb confirms. "Even places where we wouldn't fit in as customers, maybe."

COYOTE KOLB + TALLAHASSEE + LARCENIST | Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston | January 28 @ 9 pm | 21+ | $10 | 617.566.9014

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