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It was a bizarre night of music at the Stateside for 'By Lottery'. We didn't stay too long, and missed the opening act (Red Switch) but did long enough to see Big Jugs play, complete with hillbilly and cowboy outfits, twangy and tinny ironic country hooks, and a washboard player with a fake (rabbi?) beard. Almost more noticeable were their (extremely) drunken, faux-square-dancing fans - all of them donning 'Big Jugs' logo on their white wife-beaters. Still, despite the somewhat played-out ironic country genre, it was fun show.
Next up was Die Don Romero, which was a bit of a late 90's punk-metal throwback (sans ska). Nothing special to report, but the young band seemed to have musical talent to make up for what are glaring stylistic shortcomings (though there were some good moments), and vocal limitations. The bearded drummer seemed to be especially talented, and was the highlight of the act.
Having other fires to tend to, we split before hearing Belita Pura (who we heard from a reliable source was a pretty decent act). We'd have stayed a bit longer if our ears hadn't been bleeding from the Romero boys. Next time.