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The Sam Roberts Band

Wednesday, June 7, at the Jackpot Saloon.


Even without squinting, you could easily mistake the Sam Roberts Band for Stillwater, that fictional amalgam of '70s arena bands from Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous. Add a big musical splash of "Paperback Writer" and just a hint of Dylan and you get a song like the band's "An American Draft Dodger in Thunder Bay" (from its brand-new CD, Chemical City), the most gripping political song released this May by Canadians, Neil Young's latest notwithstanding. Roberts and company are Americana enough to have cruised (briefly) on the Lost Highway label, Brit enough to make them a dandy opener for Oasis, and enough ... um, whatever to make them huge in Canada.

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