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The Mavericks 

When: Sat., Aug. 29, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $29-$40


NCMA, RALEIGH—The Mavericks have long taken their name literally. In the '90s, when "hat acts" were all the rage in Nashville, they climbed the country charts with a sound that owed more to Tex-Mex and a Roy Orbison pop-rock sensibility than anything else making the Music City rounds. Since they returned with a revamped lineup in 2012, they've leaned into everything from subtle ska grooves to Cuban sounds that echo frontman Raul Malo's heritage.

"I think we see ourselves more as a rock 'n' roll band," says Malo, "in the way that rock 'n' roll blended all these styles together. That sort of musical spirit is what fuels us. Admittedly, it's a marketer's nightmare. We just call The Mavericks an American band, and we just go with that."

That willful idiosyncrasy played a part in the making of their latest album, Mono. It was indeed recorded in mono, harking back to a bygone audio era. "It'll sound great no matter where you play it," assures Malo. "Whether it's on an iPhone or a little speaker or a big speaker, it doesn't matter."

But where does a mono recording fit into today's musical landscape?

"At a certain point, it's also a bit of a middle finger to a world gone mad," Malo says. "When you go to a stereo store, if there even is such a thing anymore, a lot of it is geared to [making it] so we can watch Fast & Furious 13 at home. It's really not made for music. So this is a bit of an antidote to that."

But in order for the Mavericks' singular sound to work, everybody's got to give their all. Malo remembers watching a wartime movie and identifying with the edicts of a platoon leader, saying that everyone has to be in sync.

"I was listening to his speech, and I was like, 'Holy shit, that's kind of like being in a band together,'" he says. "That hive mentality where you have to serve the song, that's the hardest place to get to as a band. Luckily we found each other, and we all do that." For our complete interview with Raul Malo, visit 8 p.m., $24–$40, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, 919-839-6262, —Jim Allen



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