The Wrens, Jim Yoshii Pile Up, Hogpig

Just a few years ago, hopes for a Wrens tour through Texas were as optimistic as hopes for a new Wrens album. Neither had happened for nearly seven years until the New Jersey four-piece finally put the finishing touches on its home-recorded masterpiece The Meadowlands, an album that might've languished in indie obscurity without the near-overhype of the Internet. Now, the Wrens make their third trek through our state in two years, but just because the band's local drought has ended doesn't make the Wrens' crazed concerts and bombastic songs any less thirst-inducing. Interesting set of openers: While Oakland's Jim Yoshii Pile Up open with a delectable hint of Yo La Tengo, Denton's Hogpig brings the exact opposite to the stage--super-smart, ass-rocking power.

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sam Machkovech