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ROCK | Royal Blood 

Royal Blood doesn't go for all the frills; it's straight-forward bombastic garage rock. The English duo — vocalist-bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher — released its four-track debut EP, "Out of the Black," in March, and it's a great example of how alternative rock can still be heavy, bluesy, noisy, and exciting without crowding a stage. There is a fierceness to Royal Blood, but it's calculated and intelligent — not loud for the sake of being loud, hiding behind pounding drums. "Out of the Black" is a great North American introduction for the band ahead of its eponymous full-length out in August.

Royal Blood plays Wednesday, July 23, at The Club at Water Street, 204 N. Water Street. 8 p.m. $10. Waterstreetmusic.com; royalbloodband.com.

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