With Young Girls, A Giant Dog and Psychic Palms, 8 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838 or fitzlivemusic.com.
Mike Hardin is excited about the next chapter of the Roky Moon story, after the original Roky Moon & BOLT! lineup splintered in mid-2012 after nearly three years. "I'd like to gauge people's interest in Roky Moon, since I haven't played in almost a year," says former Houstonian Hardin, who just opened for The Sword here a few weeks ago with his metallic Austin trio the American Sharks. Will RM&B fans feel back at home with this incarnation? Hardin says they definitely won't be alienated. "The songs still have the same feel, but they are just a little more gritty," he promises. "I've definitely done more to move from boogie-woogie and into more straightforward songs.