Ten years into a self-managed run that has solidified the band’s status as one of the most successful truly "indie" outfits extant, Buffalo’s moe. has released one of its finest albums. "What Happened to the La Las" is moe.’s first record to be released on an outside label this century, with the normally more folk-based Sugar Hill handling the honors. This is also the first time in many a moon that the band has worked with an outside producer, in the form of John Travis, who has wisely (and succinctly) helped the lads craft a collection that bottles the funky fury of its live shows and pours it into a song-centric batch of jammy rockers.
All of this is good news for a band staring its 25th anniversary in the eye. moe. sounds invigorated, far from out of ideas, still holding a tiger in its tank. It will be interesting to see and hear how the "La Las" material comes to life in concert when moe. comes home for a highly anticipated show at 8 p.m. today (March 7) in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.).
Tickets are $26 advance, $29 day of show (box office, www.Tickets.com).
-- Jeff Miers