Alt. country rockers Drive-By Truckers play Vicar Street on February 28.
Based out of Athens, Georgia, home of fellow groundbreaking weirdos R.E.M. and Neutral Milk Hotel, they've been kicking around for two decades now, making music in the vein of Uncle Tupelo and Neil Young & Crazy Horse Ragged Glory-era gritty country, with singers/songwriters/guitarists Mike Cooley & Patterson Hood being the progressive social commentators of a different kind of Southerner. Their latest album, American Band, is their most overtly political, tackling Islamophobia, police brutality, the NRA, inequality, race and abuse.