Boy be­hav­ing badly: Old 97’s

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Bad boys of cow-punk, Old 97’s, return to North­ern New Mex­ico to play a show at the Bridge at Santa Fe Brew­ing Com­pany (37 Fire Place) at 7 p.m. on Thurs­day, April 6. Front­man Rhett Miller has the jaded twang of a dude who has been on the road for most of his adult life — he even sings a paean to the tour­ing mu­si­cian’s life in “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” the first track on 2014’s Most Messed Up. The band’s bass player, Murry Hammond, once told Pasatiempo that the al­bum is about be­hav­ing badly in the mid­dle of your life and deal­ing with real prob­lems — but that record, like their 15 pre­vi­ous ones, is in­vari­ably up­beat in its ap­proach to heart­break rock ’n’ roll, in­flu­enced as much by Elvis Costello as it is by Johnny Cash. Tick­ets to the all-ages show are $15-$20; visit www.santafe brew­ — J.L.

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