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When Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Brian Jones got together in the early ’60s, they rallied around their love of authentic Chicago blues, which in turn inspired them to name their band after a Muddy Waters song and record at the legendary Chess studios. Austin’s Strange Boys don’t have that kind of historical lineage, but they sure play vintage garage blues and R&B like they do. The Strange Boys’ latest album, Be Brave, is a reeling, drunken combination of early-blues tribute, R&B stomp, crossroads country lilt, and Replacements-inspired reinvention — a low-fi triumph that bops its head in respect to the ’60s shadows of the Stones and Kinks, with a nod and a wink in the direction of Jack White. Raw, immediate, and visceral, the Strange Boys aren’t doing anything particularly groundbreaking. And they aren’t typical of the bands coming out of the Texas capital. But give them half a chance and they’ll kick your garage-loving ass up between your well-abused ears. Strange Boys, with Gentleman Jesse & His Men, Natural Child, and the Wooly Bullies play Now That’s Class at 9 p.m. Tickets: $8. —Brian Baker
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