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Playing the heaviest kind of rural rock, Nazareth, Pa.’s Pearls and Brass come across as two bands in one. The Indian Tower, their sophomore disc, features bong-burnished bellows and Marshall-amp sludge. But on stage, the trio turns Grand Funk Railroad into a bullet train. Randy Huth and Joel Winter trade vocals and fuzzy riffs with ease. But it’s the splintered drumsticks and crashed cymbals that propel the band beyond its studio sound. Josh Martin tackles his kit with enough ferocity, abandon, and chutzpah that you’d think he’d drain his batteries after the first song. But he’s good for the long haul and the reason P&B is a true American beauty: fast, hard, and sweeter than hickory-smoked hog meat. Pearls and Brass appears with Owls & Crows at 9:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $8. (202) 483-5000. (Bernardo Rondeau)