Power pop meets roots rock on The Redlines' debut full-length. All catchy stuff, much of it echoing in form some of the best Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers material from the late '70s. At their finest moments, the vocals here are reminiscent of Craig Finn; at weaker moments, they feel a bit overdone. The almost-surf-rock of "Tragic Refugee" is less successful than the twangy heartland rock of much of the rest of the album. Nice guitar work, good songwriting (plus a choice Howlin' Wolf cover.)
THE REDLINES CD RELEASE. 9:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 4. Howlers Coyote Café, 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $5. 412-682-0320
André Costello & the Cool Minors
The Rattling Arcade
Wild Kindness Records
Listening to The Rattling Arcade, it's tempting to indulge in a game of Guess What's in André Costello's Record Collection. You're likely to pick up shades of Nashville Skyline-era Dylan ("She Took My Hand"), Tom Petty ("Motorways") and early Grateful Dead ("Places"). But despite some of the seemingly obvious influences, the Cool Minors manage to avoid sounding plagiaristic, and this catchy collection of well-produced, classic roots rock is infused with a nice indie-rock sensibility: think Grizzly Bear jamming with Crazy Horse.
— Margaret Welsh
ANDRÉ COSTELLO AND THE COOL MINORS CD RELEASE. 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 3. The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $8-10. All ages. 412-237-8300