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It seems nobody told Joe Pernice that the baroque-pop trend has come and gone (Eric Matthews, where are ye?). But it’s a good thing that the former leader of the alt-country Scud Mountain Boys has his head buried in the string section: Since the demise of their old band,
singer-guitarist Joe and guitarist-vocalist sibling Bob have fronted the Pernice Brothers, a band more influenced by the orchestrated sounds of the Beach Boys, the Association, and early Bee Gees than the honky-tonkers that inspired the Scuds. The brothers know how to harmonize in the way of fellow family actsthe Carters, the Louvins, the Jacksonsthough the Pernices have such similar voices that the harmonies often sound like a double-tracking of Joe’s whispery lead. The brothers’ second album, The World Won’t End, is a solid continuation of the duo’s folk-pop-gone-baroque 1998 debut, Overcome by Happiness, whose title track still manages to jump into my head whenever I get a jolt of joy (Peter Bondra scored a goal! I feel so overcome by happiness!). In the three years between Pernice albums, prolific brother Joe fronted Chappaquiddick Skylinewhich released a self-titled CD last yearand recorded a somewhat stripped-down solo album, Big Tobacco, just reissued on his own Ashmont Records. But the Pernice Brothers sound best together. See, and hear, the fraternal love when the Pernice Brothers play with the Sadies at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Christopher Porter)