FRIGHTENED RABBIT
8 p.m., Revolution. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.

If the Volcanic Ash Monster deems it worthy and lets these Scotsmen out
of his snares, Little Rock will get what’s expected to be one of the
best shows of the season from Frightened Rabbit. The five-piece has
released three unanimously acclaimed albums full of urgent and sweaty
but unabashedly emotional guitar rock; theirs is a tense, melodic,
masculine take on Morrissey’s nervous, disillusioned and blatant sexual
frustration that may just make you long for a little of the ol’ gut
twisting heartache yourself. Sure, the overly sincere torch song
posturing might make you grimace now and then and lead singer Scott
Hutchison’s voice tends to stray dangerously close to Counting Crows
territory, but the band’s tracks are far from your concave-chested
little brother’s whine-alongs. These guys flex muscle with their
punching, dynamic sound, readymade to render your arms full of the
maximum amount of goosebumps in the least amount of time. Tender voiced
Australians The Middle East and Little Rock’s The See (check out their
Q&A in this issue) provide opening support.