Tenement (noun): A run-down and often overcrowded apartment house, especially in a poor section of a large city.

Tenement (noun): A run-down and often overcrowded apartment house, especially in a poor section of a large city.

Tenement (proper noun): A ramshackle and often prolific Wisconsin rock band that plays cramped, overcrowded venues like Used Kids, which it visits for a concert on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

On the whole, Tenement albums can be unsteady affairs, veering between roots-oriented, tear-in-your-beer ballads ("Lonesome Crying Eyes") and hooky, driving pop-rock numbers like "The Strangest Couple in Love," which falls near the end of the band's 2016 self-titled album. Frontman Amos Pitsch - also an accomplished collage artist - channels the Replacement's Paul Westerberg both in his fondness for extremes (songs range from gorgeous to grating) and his willingness to occasionally wear his heart on his sleeve.

"The roads of home all lead to you," he sings on one sighing number, sounding like a man ready to kick up his heels at home for a bit - though not before this intimate North Campus gig.