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Phoenix based swamp rock band Hogjaw couldn’t have picked a better time to release their new album, Ironwood. After all, Arizona is descending into redneck depravity with the “Birther Bill,” SB1070 and, most pertinent to Hogjaw themselves, the legalization of carrying a concealed weapon without permit. We’re going to need a crazed Southern Rock soundtrack to play as we get our papers in order, and Ironwood is such a record, a nearly perfect take on the guitar histrionics of Molly Hatchet and Lynyrd Skynryd. A chunky metal edge even suggests these dudes might have a couple Mastodon LPs their collective turntable. Songs like “Three Fifty Seven” are so rocking it’s almost possible to disregard the band’s cartoonishly pro-gun image, or the fact that their last record was lauded by a website called Libertarian Punk; with wah-wah guitars and Hammond B-3 organ grinding are so precise, it’s enough to make this bleeding heart want reach for a Miller High Life and head for the shooting range. The band’s tour, which kicks off at the Blooze Bar in Phoenix, looks to take them into the South, where having a lead-singer named Jonboat Jones should help establish some hick-rock credibility.
Sat., May 8, 9 p.m., 2010


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