Chicagos Sleeper Car
bends alt-country expectations on its second album, Love & Anxiety. The fiddles and pedal steel add twang, but the bands real forte is its commitment to a folk-rock tradition that stretches all the way back to the 60s. All five guys (including the excellently named Tie Die Charlie) plant roots in a songbook that nods to Dylan, the Byrds, and, by extension, Woody Guthrie. Thats not to say they sound anything at all like any of them, but Sleeper Cars Americana aesthetic paints a timeless portrait of wide-open spaces and endless highways.
Sat., Sept. 22, 9 p.m., 2007