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Deadstring Brother



Kurt Marschke is better known as the lead singer of the Deadstring Brothers, a loud and loose Detroit band that unapologetically followed the sounds of the Stones circa Exile on Main Street. That's never a bad thing, and the six-piece Brothers, with female vocalist Masha Marjieh singing alongside Marschke, did it with the sort of verve, authenticity and attitude required to get it right.

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But now the Brothers have lost the "s." Marschke tours solo, carrying the same classic rock flag and a slew of his own instruments. For instance, he'll play drums, bottleneck slide and harmonica—all at the same time—on his old band's bluesy ballad "27 Hours." His routine's not a gimmick, like it is with some other one-man bands, but an earnest attempt at recreating some of that authentic Exile, or rather fully loaded Brothers, sound.

The results, as you'd imagine, are mixed. It's less raucous, of course, but delivered with equal feeling. Deadstring Brothers were a great bar band. Marschke is too, except this time you may drink your longneck sitting down.

Deadstring Brother plays Monk's Bar Saturday, May 19, at 9:30 p.m. $5.

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