At the Old Rock House on Friday night, instead of an opening act, we were treated to almost two hours of Squidbillies, the dark, absurdist "Adult Swim" cartoon in which Unknown Hinson voices Early Cuyler, an Appalachian Mud Squid with a low IQ, an alcohol problem and a penchant for trucker caps with trashy phrases on them.
Taking rock 'n' roll back to its roots, St. Louis-based Victims of Circumstance shift from blues to rockabilly, hitting each stop along the way.
Mixing jazz, blues and a big shot of old style rock 'n' roll into a fierce cocktail, JD McPherson pushes time backward with his swinging analog grooves.
Whitehorse may be a new band, but its passionate take on gospel, country and early rock 'n' roll has already hit its stride.
When it comes to heartbreaking, shot-shooting, two-stepping, smooth-shuffling country music, Trigger 5's aim is true.
The ghost of Hank Williams haunts many a country singer and songwriter. In Wayne "the Train" Hancock's case, the ghost has a found a true, kindred spirit.
"Earplugs at the bar," said the guy working the door. I couldn't hear him, because Magic City opened with a set so blisteringly loud you could hear it a block away. Fans of Primus, check them out.