I think Lucero is a better live band than DBT. DBT has better albums, although they haven't had a good one in years.
Different strokes and all, but that's crazy talk. I've seen both bands live and there's just no contest on who's better live. Of course, DBT is in the handful of very best live bands on the planet. I don't see how you can go see both those bands and not think DBT is a better live band. But, diff'rent strokes and all.
And while I don't think the last two albums are on the same level of their prime five album stretch, I really like the last two. Especially Go Go Boots, which has a real ragged, lived in feel. It feels like the band just sitting around and riffing off each other. The Big To Do is actually their best chart positioning album, though.