When a storm of hand claps, piercing harmonica and rambling Rhodes organ floods the gates on The Moondoggies' "Bogachiel Rain Blues," there's only one thought that comes to mind: "Man, this band sounds like The Band." With a swaying refrain of "I'm goin' down to die," the four 20-something Seattleites channel all of the sun-glinted good times of Band hits "Rag Mama Rag" or "Time to Kill."
Luckily, the group evades easy comparisons on other tracks from their 2008 release Don't Be a Stranger. The song "Changin'" is rock and roll, pure and simple, and other numbers, like the slower-paced "Old Hound," showcase The Moondoggies' softer side with their Fleet Foxes-y three-part harmonies taking center stage.
Thursday, March 25, with locals Aaron Mark Brown and The Invasion, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, brownpapertickets.com.