Best Indie-Rock Throwback

In the late ’80s and ’90s, every town — especially the ones with colleges in them — had its resident band of Replacements worshippers. The self-titled debut from Nashville punk-lifer trio Country Westerns is a welcome throwback to those seemingly simpler times, serving world-weary, three-or-four-beers-in realness. Country Westerns consists of 11 rugged summer jams with hooks, heart and jangly guitars for days. Big shout-out to the late David Berman, a loyal friend of the band who made a point of urging them to make something more of it than casual weekend jams. CHARLIE ZAILLIAN

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