Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas, sons of Waukesha, Wisconsin, have an ongoing partnership that has lasted nearly a quarter-century, based on solid songcraft, stirring vocal harmonies, and ringing guitars. It's the stuff at the heart of rock 'n' roll that's cognizant of its roots, which pretty much defines their band, the BoDeans, and explains the loyal following it has inspired over the decades. Those fans have helped sustain the BoDeans through relatively slack years when label support was minimal or nonexistent, and through the frequently revolving drum and bass chairs around Neumann and Llanas. What has endured has been the BoDeans' penchant for squally, hook-laden anthems as well as more measured pieces that tell compelling tales. So has the band's relationship with roots-savvy producer T-Bone Burnett, who was responsible for the BoDeans' debut album, Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams, last spring's Still (He & He), as well as several in between. As the BoDeans arrive in town for their annual Boxing Day and Christmas week residency, they're also preparing themselves for being boxed Rhino-style. In a neat bit of synchronicity, a Rhino set due out in March will include a DVD of the band filmed at First Avenue in 1985. With Joe Pug. 18+. $35. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775.
Mon., Dec. 29, 8 p.m., 2008