An Hour Before Closing Time, Saturday: Best Music to Put Some Twang in Your Thang 

The Cowlicks

They're not as fashionable as the Court and Spark. They're certainly not as pretty as the Boot Cuts. And Red Meat outbuzzes them a hundred to one. But the Cowlicks ooze twang easily, and are unpretentious to a fault. They can write the catchy hell out of a song, whether a lovelorn ballad (of which they have many) or a good ol'-fashioned drinkin' holler (a few of their lovelorn ballads do double duty as one of the latter). The quintet features lots of formers: a former Wayback; a former Dave Schramm and Kevin Salem cohort; and a former touring guitarist for Lyle Lovett, the Blasters, and Chris Isaak; not to mention a mondo-eclectic mandolin/banjo player and a pair of beards that could make ZZ Top run yelping for the Barbasol. The Cowlicks have a self-titled, self-released full-length you can get at, and they play out often at venues like the Starry Plough and Thee Parkside. Check 'em out before they start wearing spangled suits and covering "Rag Mama Rag" instead of "You Shook Me All Night Long."

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