Band names don’t get much better than the In & Outlaws, and it’s nice to know that this SA band can back up the cheekiness of its moniker.
Its brand of hillbilly swing gravitates to the thin, white lines separating serious-as-a-bullet-wound melancholy from all-out parody, as evidenced by live highlights such as “Cowboy Hat” (a fashion choice that aggravates the lads) and “Bottle of Whiskey Time” (clearly, the band’s favorite part of the day).
This part of January is generally a slow stretch for live music, and, unless you’ve been breathlessly awaiting that Celine Dion/Johnny Mathis quiet-storm twofer, that goes double this year. But the In & Outlaws promise to liven up the weekend with some musical sucker punches at Jiggers (1639 Babcock) on Friday, January 9, along with the Trian Woodburns, Snake Skin Prison, and Eden Burning.
Another band worth checking out this weekend is the reliably feisty quartet Kick It!, which takes its punky dance provocations to the Mix (2423 N. St. Mary’s) for a free show on Saturday, January 10. Even if the group doesn’t attempt its inspired deconstruction of the Nerves’ “Hanging on the Telephone,” it won’t be lacking for hooky, big-beat anthems.