Blank Range, "Opening Band"
Inspired by everything from the road-warrior lifestyle to trippy theories of time travel and consciousness expansion, "Opening Band" feels like a heady, half-lit interpretation of the Band's countrified boogie. Shot through with jangled guitar and ragged harmonies, it draws a parallel between musicians on the long road to success and humans on the hunt for deeper, more meaningful lives. If that sounds a bit too complex, don't worry — this kickoff single from Blank Range's debut LP, Marooned With the Treasure, has enough hooks to go down easy. R.C.