The Growlers do best what Jonathan Richman loved most: create an atmosphere. And if youve ever wondered why the bands greatest photos have them peering through fog and smoke, now you know. Thats where they feel most at home (there, or in the legendary Growlers bus). A band like this could only exist right about nowthey draw from so many bizarrely disconnected sources of inspiration (African psychedelic, busted-up late-50s weirdo rock, Cle-punks suck as the Electric Eels and the Mirrors) that the world just simply hadnt generated enough raw material for them to use until about 2001. Its about 20 minutely varied kinds of rock & roll happening all at once, and if its good enough for Bill Murraywho followed em all over South By Southwestit should work great for you, too.
Thu., Dec. 23, 9 p.m., 2010