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Hey guys, I've been slowly accepting some more rock music into my life lately, but due to essentially pursuing nothing that was 3-4 guys and a guitar + drums for years has left my knowledge of the area pretty lacking. More importantly, the only friends I have who give a shit about music are into this indie/folk twee crap.
So, here's what I'm looking for. The short of it is that it's essentially stripped down, blues-oriented, "rocking out" rock music. I was clued in via my wife listening to some White Stripes, and discovering that a lot of their older stuff hit this note exactly -- notably about a third of the De Stijl album ("Little Bird," "A Boy's Best Friend"). Furthermore, a large chunk of Tom Wait's output from Real Gone fits it as well ("Baby Gonna Leave Me"). I know there's more of this kind of music out there, but exploring similar artists is futile -- White Stripesian bands are just vanilla rock bands to my ears thanks to the hard rock/metal rock/butt rock aspects, and the only bands compared to Waits are plain weird.
I'm not looking for epic prog noodling, nor metal, nor ballads. The lyrics don't have to be amazing (but hopefully it's not just singing with a backing band, a la poorly compressed music). I appreciate the looseness and energy in the above mentioned tracks/albums more than any music theory elements. It can be tracks under 3:30 but can't be punk. And it can't be something that people outgrow once they get to college
Any leads? Am I hopelessly stuck with 12-18 tracks?