Eight Gigs: Broncho
Mon., Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Midtown Barfly, no cover
The early recordings of Oklahoma garage-rock band Broncho were solid. The band was tight, had the fuzzy guitar, and the hooks were there, but the singer was always a bit disheveled and sang some wandering melodies. The group's new album Just Enough Hip To Be Woman definitely makes up for that. Broncho's slowed down the tunes a hair, listened to the Cars a million times and really infused a stronger pop sensibility into its tunes. It's still some good old-fashion garage rock, but man, there are some breezy, get-stuck-in-your-head-all-day-long melodies being sung now. The Croissants and So Stressed open. 1119 21st Street, www.bronchoband.com.