Jack White and Meg White are a husband-and-wife roots rock duo from Detroit, Michigan. Oops - I mean, they're a brother and sister, raised on gutbucket blues and the Rolling Stones. Wait! They're both an incestuous pair of Motown sinners who were born to the same mama, then went on to get hitched and live in a shack making music with only a $12 guitar, a busted microphone, and an old washtub. No, they're divorced, but stay together for the sake of the band. Nah: "White" isn't even their real last name, and there's no family relationship whatsoever.

Frankly, we couldn't care less what the real story is, because the White Stripes play rock 'n' roll music. They're not the only band in the country who emerged to provide a gritty, grimy, bloozy answer to the synthetic sheen of today's pop

The White Stripes
5:30 & 9:30pm (late show sold out)
Wednesday, June 25 — $28
512-389-0315 or
Stubb's Bar-B-Q 801 Red River, Austin
sluts, but they're the ones who got famous. Sure, the gimmicky band bio and the visual themes - on album covers and in press photos, all they will wear is white, red, and black - made them easier to market than your average garage rockers, but that doesn't mean they don't deserve some chunk of the spotlight. Their records are hot and surprising, and they have released four of 'em without yet suffering much of a critical or popular backlash. If anything, this year's Elephant has been better reviewed than its predecessor.

Can they back it all up live? The folks at Austin's Stubb's would like you to come find out. Be warned: The late show is sold out. As of press time, though, tickets for the early "sweat your ass off in the sun" show were still available. •

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