The Big Gigs for July 19-25: Savages, Merle Haggard, Dr. John and much, much more

  • Updated: July 19, 2013 - 2:08 PM

Call it the Alt-J formula:  Take massive amounts of British music media hype, add a heavy sprinkling of 89.3 the Current airplay, underbook the band at the Triple Rock, and before you can ask, “Are they really any good?” announce a big follow-up show at First Avenue for a few months later. Savages have gone that same route, but hopefully the black-clad, Joy Division-channeling all-female quartet will put on a livelier live show than their fellow college-age Brits did. It seems likely, given the visceral intensity of the London rockers’ debut album, “Silence Yourself” — issued stateside in May via Matador Records with some gnawingly pretentious tunes but also more fun echoes of Sleater-Kinney and Siouxsie & the Banshees. They’ll be back in town Sept. 17. Opener Johnny Hostile also collaborates with Savages singer Jehnny Beth as the duo John & Jehn. (9 p.m. Sun., Triple Rock, sold out.) Riemenschneider

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