The Pernice Brothers 

With Royal Gun and the Dreadful Yawns. Wednesday, July 20, at the Beachland Ballroom.

As the Pernice Brothers launch another tour, critics are once again fawning over singer-songwriter Joe Pernice's surprising tenor (nothing like it has been heard since the Bee Gees' Odessa) and literate lyrics. The Brothers' fourth studio album, Discover a Lovelier You, has just been released, and at least one well-placed notice suggests that the PBs may just be "the best pop band on the planet."

But Pernice won't be suffering from a swollen noggin -- if only because he's not reading his reviews. "It's weird," says the Massachusetts native. "I spend a lot of time writing my own songs, right? So I spend a lot of time in my head. Then I record my own songs, and I put out my own records. Then I go on tour and I play my own songs, and it's all pretty Joe-centric. What I probably don't need to be doing on top of that is reading what other people think of me."

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