LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS, ALBATROSS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Lost Bayou Ramblers.


BIG EYES, THE CRY, HORNET LEG
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Like some sort of new school Joan Jett, Big Eyes' Kate Eldridge commands a blitzkrieg melody like few others. The Seattle trio parlays fast, cranky power-pop in the same breakneck vein as the Thermals, trading four-on-the-floor drumming back and forth with chunky, jangly guitars and impossibly catchy vocals. The band's 7-inch single from spring 2012 on Grave Mistake Records, "Back from the Moon" b/w "I Don't Care About Friday Night," expanded ever so slightly on the punched-up M.O. of 2011 debut LP Hard Life, with head-thrashing punk and good old fuck-everything, aimless rock 'n' roll abandon. For a refresher course in rebelliousness, bring your big old ears to the Know—and come early for excellent Portland psych-punks Hornet Leg. RYAN J. PRADO