The Moondoggies

After two well-received albums on Hardly Art Records, the Moondoggies aren't the new kids in town anymore, but they're absolutely still a band to watch. Never ones to get comfortable, they've been experimenting with an expanded lineup on stage for their sprawling, electric Americana, which can be heard on the recording of their holiday set at the Neptune (which can be had for free at Tonight's show will feature the original quartet, plus longtime pedal-steel collaborator, Jon Pontrello; it's the same crew that's chipping away at the band's third album, which they hope to finish this year. But, says frontman Kevin Murphy, they're taking their time. "We have somewhere around 30 songs for the next record," he says. "Don't wanna rush this one like we've done before." With The Maldives. CHRIS KORNELIS

Fri., May 11, 9:30 p.m.; Sat., May 12, 9:30 p.m., 2012

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