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Music Review

Old 97’s crank up their alt-country

When the Old 97’s came to town in October, the alt-country pioneers were celebrating the 15th anniversary of their album “Too Far to Care.” They returned Sunday night on a tour that marks another milestone: the band’s 20th year of existence.

That’s no small feat (even if frontman Rhett Miller mentioned it almost incidentally), especially considering that all four original members are still on board. You might not guess they’ve been at it for that long, though, judging by Miller’s appearance. He looked for all the world like a fresh-faced college kid — and, for the ladies at least, as dreamy as ever, judging by the undergarments that landed onstage, prompting Miller to thank the audience for supporting the band’s favorite charity, the Salvation Army.

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