The Last Good Year at the Milestone tonight (8/12/2012)
THE LAST GOOD YEAR — The hard-rocking quartet’s got the songcraft and guitar chops down while telling mini-tales in every song. Spin the track “The Ballad of William and Maxine” for a taste. It’s a classic line-up of two guitars, bass, drums and vocalist that cranks out one rocker after another, colored with blues and Americana, but always with punch-in-the-gut dual guitars. The Indianapolis gents are essentially out to fire up gin joints and outdoor summertime gatherings. That’s about all there is to it. RIYL: Smithereens and the harder side of Drivin 'n’ Cryin. Also on the bill: Groove 8, Trinity Seed, and Old Rusty Mandolin. $7-$9. Aug. 12, 9 p.m. Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. 704-398-0472.