The Shredder, Saturday, May 4

An alt-country act at The Shredder stands out like a flamingo in a flock of pigeons, but the Texas-based band Vandoliers would be comment-worthy at any venue. The group's latest album, Forever (Bloodshot Records, 2019), plays like the deep roots of the Lone Star State itself, combining trumpet trills reminiscent of mariachi with Americana fiddle licks and rough-edged vocals that flirt with country rock. Vandoliers' six members call themselves the "Converse Cowboys," and Rolling Stone trumpeted that Forever "resurrected cowpunk"—a genre that, if not dead, has lived deep in the American underground for decades (Meat Puppets, Jason & the Scorchers, and The Beat Farmers are three examples formed circa 1980). In short: Stop by The Shredder May 4 to binge on an aural Tex-Mex feast.

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