Over the past 15 years, Ohio's Two Cow Garage have grown from alt-country also-rans to one of the more exciting straight-up rock & roll bands working today. Songwriters Micah Schnabel and Shane Sweeney have shed the twangy trappings of genre evident in early songs like "Farm Town" and "Hillbilly" to embrace forward-thinking "Americana" that reflects America-as-it-is instead of America-as-it-was, evident on last year's single "Let the Boys Be Girls." That focus on the present translates to their live performance as well, as the band pours their hearts into singalong anthems and weary reflections alike. With a new album, Brand New Flag
, pushed back from August to October, expect Two Cow Garage to take the stage with something to prove as they debut plenty of new material.
with the Hamiltons, Shurwood | 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org