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JOHN PAUL KEITH AND THE ONE FOUR FIVES

10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

 

“The human heartbeat is not regular. It's not perfect metronome time and music shouldn't be either,” John Paul Keith said recently in a Knoxville newspaper. “Memphis' garage/punk scene wants to destroy that stuff, and I'm more than happy to participate.” Yeah, buddy. Keith's only been a Memphian for a handful of years — before, he'd kicked around Knoxville and Nashville, playing with, among others, the V-Roys and Ryan Adams and the Pink Hearts — but he's more than earned his Bluff City merit badge. There are few as active in the scene. You might find him working with scary-clown-faced rocker Harlan T. Bobo one night, Jim Dickinson's garage rock project Snake Eyes another and with Jack Oblivian and the Tearjerkers still another. Lately, though, Keith's been spending most of his time out in front of the mic, leading John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives, a throwback garage band that sounds like a '50s version of the Replacements. On Friday, the band celebrates the release of a limited edition 7-inch on Last Chance Records (it's the first in a planned series). Memphis legend Jack Oblivian opens, in what'll serve as a warm-up gig, before Oblivian and JPK and the One Four Fives head out on tour with Lucero.

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