To Brian Fallon, frontman for Jersey boys the Gaslight Anthem, icons like Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer aren't dead and buried—they're living a busy second life as an integral part of his world, where classic cars and old movies never go out of style. Early on, the band seemed to pine for eras they were born well after, but on this year's American Slang, Fallon has focused in on a more familiar past, referencing ex-wives instead of Marilyn Monroe. The effect isn't really modernizing, since the group has taken great pains to internalize everything that screams "classic," but it makes clear that Fallon considers his idols a part of his family, a blueprint rather than an influence. The material ranges from bluesy torch songs to punkish heartland homages the Boss would be proud of, but even if Springsteen wasn't popular with the indie set at the moment, Fallon and company would still be masters at crafting the same nostalgia-steeped rock that's landed them so much attention—it's in their blood. With Chamberlain and Tim Barry. 18+.
Mon., July 26, 7:30 p.m., 2010