A.A. Bondy, Jan. 26, Neurolux 

"You know I could drink the world / And never get my fill," sings A.A. Bondy on "Oh the Vampyre," the fifth track off his sophomore album, When the Devil's Loose.

Louisiana-born Bondy emerged in 2007 with American Hearts. The Verbena ex-frontman's solo direction sets lyrics about nature against a blues-and country-tinged backdrop.

Opener "Mightiest of Guns" contrasts its prophetic imagery--"The stars are falling down like burning rain"--with the gentle plucking of acoustic guitar. While the bass overpowers the fragile guitar and drums on "To the Morning," it's fitting with the haunting harmony of "False River." Hypnotic closer "The Coal Hits the Fire," pairs the faintness of marching-band-style drums with slide guitar and a cheerful whistle outro.

The strength of Bondy's second album lies in lyrical imagery that takes listeners from a tranquil river boat to a blazing coal furnace on a sun-bound train. Hop on board.

This is a smoke-free show.

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