Leslie Stevens and the Badgers 

Aug. 6, Neurolux

Roomful of Smoke, the new release from Leslie Stevens and The Badgers (Thirty Tigers, due out Tuesday, Aug. 16), contains 11 tracks that evoke wooden floors creaky from years of two-steppin' boots, well-worn bar stools and a jukebox full of the Hanks, the Man in Black and a story about a weepin' willow cryin' on his pillow. In her Dolly Parton-esque, sweet, helium-high twang, Stevens opens with a love letter to her adopted hometown in "Los Angeles," follows up with the title track and then takes the listener on a trip through her American country music, with an admonishment to "Don Juan," a hope for some kind of big-city "Salvation," and more.

The L.A. Times, NPR, The San Francisco Chronicle and Daytrotter are all paying attention to Stevens and The Badgers. And on Friday, we can see what all the fuss is about.

Opening for Cracker, 9 p.m., $16 adv., $18 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, neurolux.com.

Auditory Viewing || Leslie & The Badgers perform Ballpark Lights from ISHOTHIM on Vimeo.

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