These United States, July 25, The Bouquet 

The music can sometimes be incidental at Alive After Five; some folks frequent the event to see and be seen. But, when beardy fivesome These United States played AA5 last year, all eyes turned to see who was making that jubilant rock and roll.

These United States' mix Strokes-ish redlined East Coast rock, strummy Austin, Texas, guitar rock and Avett Brothers-esque daring and timing, resulting in a blend of big, broad American rock and roll that makes your tummy feel all funny. And when vocalist Jesse Elliott starts to sing, the urge to get up and dance may be too much to resist.

TUS released their debut full-length album in 2008 and, in two short years, have played more than 500 shows and just released their fourth full-length record, What Lasts (United Interests), on July 20.

What lasts? The jangly joy in your head after hearing These United States.

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