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Gentlemen Jesse & His Men


If King Louie Bankston is on a mission to document power pop's past and present, he is succeeding admirably. In late July, the Harahan-cum-Memphis frontman-of-many-bands crashed Quintron and Miss Pussycat's party at One Eyed Jacks for Paul Collins, the drummer and singer, respectively, for 1970s Los Angeles guitar heroes the Nerves and the Beat. This week, Bankston's Missing Monuments prime the pump for Douchemaster labelmate Gentleman Jesse & His Men (pictured), whose eponymous 2008 debut plays Jenga with the basic architecture of the guitar pop song, removing every unnecessary piece until all that's left are load-bearing beams. Harmonized heartaches chase six-string-driven racetrack rhythms around circular hooks, letting off steam over whatever girl is doing Jesse Smith damage tonight — never yesterday or tomorrow, always tonight. Smith, an Atlanta throwback who gigs with the Black Lips, bests the Monuments' brilliant single "Tailspin" ("Tonight, all right/ I'm in a tailspin tonight") with not one but two immediate-classic compositions about decomposing immediacy: nervy album linchpin "All I Need Tonight Is You" and 2007's browbeating breakthrough 7-inch "I Don't Wanna Know (Where You Been Tonight)," two push/pull titles that, as the majority of their tracks' lyrics, say everything. Barreracudas also open. Admission $6. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Aug. 11

Gentleman Jesse & His Men with King Louie's Missing Monuments

10 p.m. Wednesday

Saturn Bar, 3067 St. Claude Ave., 949-7532

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