Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Strange Boys 

8 p.m. Tuesday, December 4. The Cavern at Fort Gondo.

Somewhere between the buttons and the sunny afternoon, you'll find Austin's Strange Boys. Mining an overlooked vein of '60s inspiration, the band forges the same pop/R&B alloy (and the same combination of ragged blues and wide-eyed heart) that made the original "beat groups" so intriguing. A lot of their Crawdaddy Club vibe stems from Ryan Sambol's odd vocal approach: now a mumble, now a whine and always vulnerable even when he tries to play rough. But the band's sturdy, unpretentious swing helps too. Yes, guitar solos do mean more in smaller doses. If the Strange Boys follow the same timetable as its forebears, the band will dabble in psychedelia for a few years, then become a stadium-filling global phenomenon. For now, you can catch them at — where else? — the Cavern.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Latest in Critics' Picks

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2022 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation