Guitartown regulars Alex Howard and Molly Flynn celebrate their nuptials, appropriately, with a who's who of local alt-country talent; fortunately, the party's open to all, so there's no excuse to miss this star-studded lineup. Making yet another reunion appearance, Pour House favorites Patty Hurst Shifter headline with driving, dual-guitar bar rock anthems, graced as always with a touch of Southern flair. Could this be a sign of a forthcoming full-fledged run, complete with new material?
Backsliders frontman and local legend Chip Robinson goes solo with gravelly roots rock and tempered ballads that tame the punk rock influence of his former unit by shifting the focus toward his superb songcraft. Pour House bartender and Whiskeytown constant Caitlin Cary pulls double duty, venturing beyond her alt-country beginnings in both Tres Chicas and The Small Ponds. Cary, Lynn Blakey and Tonya Lamm harmonize to dazzling effect during the roots-related pop of the former, while the latter teams Cary with The Proclivities' Matt Douglas for warm, charming duets that merely hint at those roots. Mic Harrison and the High Score bring boozy blasts of blue-collar rock 'n' roll spirit, while husky-voiced singer-songwriter Kenny Roby's smart, soulful songs are as genuine as modern country seems to get. —Spencer Griffith