There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Son Volt is the greenest group in the New Dust roots revival. Not inexperienced, (leader Jay Farrar and drummer Mike Heidorn spent time making Uncle Tupelo occasionally worth hearing) but healthy, beautiful, and able to thrive despite the ain’t-we-earnest disease that often kills even the strongest plants in the genus. The quartet’s second album, Straightaways, couldn’t be more aptly named; the country twang, the strum and dang are all compact and intact. By merely filling in the outlines of its debut, Trace, Son Volt made another great record. (“Caryatid Easy” even features the stop-start rhythms of Trace’s amazing single, “Drown.”) Opening is folk-rock mumbler Richard Buckner, whose new album, Devotion + Doubt, swirls around the New Dust but merely ends up mud. With the Honeydogs at 8:15 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $12. (202) 393-0930. (CP)