Alive After Five: Shiny Ribs

When: Wed., Aug. 20, 5-8 p.m. 2014

Americana fans were bummed when Austin, Texas-based The Gourds announced a hiatus after 19 years together. But co-founder Kevin Russell isn't taking a break. With his side-dish-turned-main-course, Shinyribs, Russell brings more blues into the mix and sweetens his strong, sometimes gravelly vocals with the occasional rich falsetto. Sometimes funky, sometimes crunchy, Shinyribs' tunes come off as fun-loving, wise and witty, with skilful wordplay and a heavy dose of soul.

Price: FREE

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