When: Wed., Sept. 8, 9 p.m. 2010
These Mississippi kids' whirlwind youth saw them picked up briefly by Interscope for their self-titled EP, and then Fat Possum for their 2008 full-length debut, Plunder, Beg and Curse. They once suggested a cut-rate Kings of Leon circa 2005 (not a compliment at this point), but a lineup overhaul reconstituted 60 percent of the band, including producer Hank Sullivant (The Whigs, MGMT) on bass. The resulting The Cradle boasts much more finesse and charm. Rawk bluster gives way to melody, dynamics and atmosphere, not to mention better writing. They're not there yet (and perhaps not even better than opener Turbo Fruits), but at least they're moving in the right direction.