After a decade of critical acclaim and many road-weary miles, this inventive outfit looks poised to strike a chord with a broader audience on Summershine.

After a decade of critical acclaim and many road-weary miles, this inventive outfit looks poised to strike a chord with a broader audience on Summershine. Comprising lead vocalist/ guitarist Bill Mallonee, bassist Jake Bradley, and drummer Kevin Huer, the Vigilantes here pay homage to the British pop influences Mallonee soaked up during his youth (with his appreciation only intensifying in recent years, as the band toured Europe). The result is an album of infectious guitar pop, with intense lyrics juxtaposed against bright, buoyant melodies. The uniting thread is Mallonee's distinctive voice, with its almost folky earnestness and whimsical innocence. Among the engaging highlights are "You Know That," "Along for the Ride," and "She Is Fading." Contact: 615-320-7672.—DEP

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