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The Devil Makes Three Return to Play Terminal 5 on Friday Night

January 26th, 2017

The Devil Makes Three are an enigmatic band. First of all, they have no drummer. And despite the group’s three members—Pete Bernhard (vocals and guitar), Cooper McBean (banjo and vocals) and Lucia Turino (upright bass and vocals)—making their home in Santa Cruz, Calif., they each originally hail from New England. Plus, let’s face it, for a band based in California, they have an undoubtedly nuanced Southern sound, layering rhythm and harmonies over blues, bluegrass, country, ragtime and rockabilly to make their own unique folk-punk blend, garnering comparisons to Steve EarleViolent Femmes and the White Stripes in the process. Thanks to their high-energy live performances, the Devil Makes Three (above, performing “Stranger” for Pandora) have earned a reputation on the festival circuit as a band not to miss. But they still spend time recording in the studio: The trio’s most recent release, the covers- and guest-filled Redemption & Ruin (stream it below), came out late last summer. American Songwriter called it “a wonderfully successful foray that solidifies and expands the band’s already impressive credentials around a concept that’s a natural extension from their existing catalog of originals.” And with their tour winding down, the Devil Makes Three play Terminal 5 on Friday night. Lost Dog Street Band, a husband-and-wife duo, open the show.