Today's Forecast: Rockin'

Roots band defies labels by plaing a half-dozen different kinds of music.

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The Forecast holds the distinction of being the most curious band on screamo-purveyor Victory Records’ roster. The Peoria, Illinois-based quartet’s alt-country twang and rootsy songs have little in common with its labelmates’ larynx-scraping and heart-puncturing confessionals. Still, there’s some serious genre restlessness on its latest album, In the Shadow of Two Gunmen. While cuts like “Some Things Never Change” sound tailor-made for the No Depression crowd, there’s an occasional curveball -- like the almost-emo “And We All Return to Our Roots” -- to keep listeners guessing what’s coming next. It’s an effective mix of cow-punk, pop-punk, and post-punk styles -- sorta like back-roads Americana filtered through a worn vinyl copy of Husker Du’s Candy Apple Grey.
Mon., Aug. 6, 7 p.m.

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