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Time bandits

Crooks get a little retro, a little outlaw

Austin band Crooks is a big outfit.

The five-piece blends the torchy twang of Texas country with bluesy swing. Crooks released their latest album, Rain Will Come, late last year with guest artist and accordion legend Flaco Jimenez lending some of his signature Texas Tornados sound.

The band crafts songs about your ordinary working man, the kind who likes cowboy boots and worn-in jeans, and about drinking, weathering the bad times and resisting temptation until you just can’t take it any more.

There’s a touch of old Southern folk, too. In the title track, it sounds like someone turned on the radio and tuned into 1939.

The band plays Rockin’ Rodeo today with Jason Boland & the Stragglers. Tickets cost $15. Doors open at 8 p.m. Rockin’ Rodeo is located at 1009 Ave. C.

Sounds like: Outlaw country passed through El Paso, flirted with the border and had an unexpected come-uppance for its wandering ways.

— Lucinda Breeding