Reminiscent of bands like Dr. Dog in their ability to seamlessly blend modern indie rock with classic piano-pounding '60s-pop structures, J. Roddy Walston & the Business's decade-long slow ascent finally appears set to speed up. With this month's release of their third record, Essential Tremors, the Baltimore-by-way-of-small-town-Tennessee band move to ATO Records — a label that's helped to break similarly deeply Southern bands like Alabama Shakes and My Morning Jacket into the big time. The record polishes the band's sound slightly while staying true to the raw energy that's always been their calling card. In other words, Roddy still favors a ragged-but-right shout/sing vocal style. Highlights include the snarling stomp-rock single "Heavy Bells" and the CCR-evoking back-porch-rock bliss of "Same Days." 18+.
Mon., Sept. 9, 8 p.m., 2013