The Longest Meow, the latest album by Bobby Bare Jr., was recorded in one 11-hour stretch, and it sounds like he prepped for the session out of fear of some imminent alt-country/jam-band apocalypse. He bunkered with musicians from bands like My Morning Jacket, Lambchop, and Clem Snide and stocked up on all manner of noisemakers, from vibraphones to saxes to electric pianos. But despite the album’s rush-recording gimmick and kitchen-sink strategy, The Longest Meowisn’t sloppy, just the work of a polymath who knows that deadline pressure will give his music a little extra energy. Even the creaky acoustic cover of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” benefits from Bare’s urgent, choirboy-who’s-just-hit-puberty voice. Better still are his barnburners, like “The Heart Bionic,” which is about how mechanized he feels, and “Uh Wuh Oh,” which is about how great trash rock and soul sound together when you know how to mix the two.
BARE JR. AND THE BUILDERS AND THE BUTCHERS PERFORM AT 8:30 PM. AT THE ROCK & ROLL HOTEL, 1353 H ST. NE. $12. (202) 388-7625.