Country music today has more or less shifted away from the imagery of the singing cowboy, opting instead for line dancing and barbecue stains on white t-shirts. However, Speedbuggy is the exception to the rule. Carrying with them an appreciation for legends like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, Speedbuggy combine Western Country flavor with the uptempo energy of punk, bridging the gap between both worlds together into a surprisingly good time. Frontman Timbo croons like Hank Williams in “Rusted Cars,” while singing melodically for “Close Down” and “Shadow On The Grave”; however “Engine #9” and “Truck Drivin Man” are raucous jams that leave even the audience gasping for breath. Poised to take the rest of the US and Europe by storm while recording a new album, Speedbuggy make a stop at Alex's Bar with Dash Rip Rock.

Sun., March 31, 8 p.m., 2013

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