A decade ago, Melissa Swingle led the droll post-country band Trailer Bride, whose depressive lyrics and impressionistic music made living in the South sound more bizarre than it actually is. These days, Swingle makes noise with The Moaners, a guitar-and-drums duo with blues leanings and feminist overtones. Her Mississippi roots showed on 2005's Dark Snack, a debut that paid tribute to such rock-and-rollers as Elizabeth Cotten and Flannery O'Connor. With Laura King's drums nervously lagging behind the beat and Swingle's overdriven junk-rock chords coalescing into very occasional hooks, Dark Snack made neurosis sound inevitable and alluring. Since then, King and Swingle have released the fine 2007 Blackwing Yalobusha and toured extensively from their Chapel Hill, N.C., home. Whatever you want to call their music blues seems as inadequate a label as indie it's chewy, idiosyncratic and very sexy.
Wed., March 24, 9 p.m., 2010