Smart Bets: Dare Dukes

Pretty much the least likely person to ever go on a "Thugs Tour" would be Savannah, Ga.-based indie-folk artist Dare Dukes. And yet he is. In support of his newest album, Thugs and China Dolls — on which he explores abstractions of suburbia, the decay of the American landscape and nerd-sexy romance. Banjos meet hits of brass; Dukes' own charmingly nasal warble meets the sweet vocal of Sufjan Stevens-collaborator Marla Hansen. Members of Of Montreal, The Modern Skirts and TV on the Radio also contribute. Dare Dukes and his band play The LAB on Friday, Feb. 3. John Wilkes Boothe & the Black Toothe opens. 10 p.m., $5. http://lexavebrew.com.

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