Cass McCombs was still a baby when the Meat Puppets began chasing tumbling tumbleweeds in their Phoenix hometown in the early 1980s. But the California singer’s hazy reinventions of Americana make for an oddly simpatico combination with the Puppets on their co-headlining tour and new split 7-inch single. “You’re no ordinary girl/My mind is in a whirl,” McCombs confides coolly on “Night of the World” as a ropey riff uncoils and flicks its tail. Meat Puppets counter with their joyously fuzzy remake of the Everly Brothers’ eternally lovelorn “Cathy’s Clown” and “(Hey Baby) Que Paso,” an uptempo barn burner in which singer Curt Kirkwood braids together Tex-Mex fire and bluegrass sizzle into an especially fast and juicy guitar solo. It’s the Puppets’ unusual combination of hardcore intensity and loping, countrified idylls that have mesmerized fans including Kurt Cobain.
Tue., Dec. 2, 8 p.m., 2014
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