Shoulders Continental Club, June 27
Shoulders are a thinking man's party band, mostly because "thinking" is an excellent word to rhyme with "drinking." Long before Gogol Bordello, the Tom Waits-besotted rockers all but had the gypsy-alternative market cornered back in the early '90s, when albums like Trashman Shoes made them legitimate rock stars in France.
Shortly thereafter, Shoulders went on semi-hiatus until a couple of years ago, when the Austin quartet reunited and set about making comeback album Another Round. Released in late 2013 and filled to the brim with titles such as "Drunk Spins the World" and "Drunk as Hell," the record staggers very little while working up a most comfortable buzz. This Friday-night pairing with notorious rabble-rouser Mojo Nixon and his Toadliquors could mean a lot of folks miss the farmer's market come Saturday morning, though. CHRIS GRAY