An alt-country band with punk roots, Vandoliers formed in 2015, bringing together a group of Dallas-Fort Worth musicians led by frontman Joshua Fleming. Fiercely proud of their homeland, Vandoliers put their own spin on the Texas country tradition with 2016's Ameri-Kinda, a debut album that mixed honky-tonk twang with hard-edged, rock & roll stomp. The band's follow-up release, The Native, arrives less than one year, doubling down on Vandoliers' modern approach to traditional influences. Rounded out by bassist Mark Moncrieff, drummer Guyton Sanders, fiddler Travis Curry, electric guitarist Dustin Fleming, and multi-instrumentalist Cory Graves, the group fills The Native's 10 songs with barreling guitar solos, train beats, anthemic melodies, mariachi horns, and the autobiographical details of Fleming's own travels.
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Warhola Cats is an indie band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Propelled by the writing of Elisabeth Gasparka, the group-- which includes Gasparka as vocalist along with Sarah Gail Luther, Jackie Mich and Alexander Cain-- composes lyrical pop songs created with voice, cello, piano, flute, percussion and guitar (among other instruments). Warhola Cats’ songs vary between poignancy and the absurd; in a live set’s worth of tracks you’ll find themes of longing, anticipation, existential dread, and heartfelt anthems toasting the Milwaukee mundane-- inviting reverence for this time and place, musical renderings to capture the moment as it passes.