Saturday February 5, 2022 08:30 PM EST
CL's Hal Horowitz recommends: Amazingly the Old 97’s, while never logging anywhere close to star status, have maintained the same four musicians that started cranking out their cow-punk laced power pop rock back in 1994. Nearly 30 years later they haven’t released a bad album yet and their live shows crackle with the energy they had back in the day. But now they have more solid tunes (their 12th album arrived in 2020) to choose from. — HH
From the venue:"Rock and roll's been very very good to me," Rhett Miller sings on "Longer Than You've Been Alive," an epic six-minute stream-of-consciousness meditation on his life in music. It's a rare moment of pulling back the curtain, on both the excesses and tedium of the world of a touring musician, and it's the perfect way to open the Old 97's new album, 'Most Messed Up.'