The Twin Cities music scene has long boasted a reputation for ragged-but-right country-rock even as the number of actual bands in the Land of 10,000 Lakes favoring said sound has conspicuously dwindled over the past decade. Scene veterans the Evening Rig show no signs of abandoning their post as the best boisterous dirty-boot bar band around anytime soon. Formed six years ago by singer/guitarist Jason Miller after he called it a day with pop-punk outfit the Crush, the Evening Rig retains the hookiness and throat-singeing vocal approach of Miller's prior band while injecting a touch of country and western swing. Tonight the quartet celebrates the release of Evening Rig album number three, Nothin' to Hear Here, an undoubtedly misleading title based on the uniform strength of their two prior powerhouse albums. With the Dirty Hits and It's Criminal. 18+, $8, 8 p.m., 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.333.7399.
Fri., Aug. 31, 8 p.m., 2012