Squirrel Nut Zippers
were always a bit too weird for the swing revival. The North Carolina troupe was also incredibly well-studied, flitting among decades-old sounds with an authentic ear. The second half of the 90s proved a boon, as the charismatic single Hell propelled 1996s Hot
to platinum sales. From there, the septet went into prolific high gear, releasing an odds 'n sods record, the follow-up album Perennial Favorites
, and a Christmas collection. But 2000s Bedlam Ballroom would be their last, despite a requisite Best Of, and Squirrel Nut Zippers hibernated for most of this decade. Several founding members including vocalists Jimbo Mathus and the eerily Billie Holidaylike Katharine Whalen, both of whom released solo albums reunited in 2007, and this year released the live album Lost at Sea
. Currently a nine-piece, the band is plotting another studio album and coming to town to ring in the New Year. Whether taken as old-soul goofballs, one-hit wonders, or just another reunited 90s act, Squirrel Nut Zippers match their zany sense of humor with a loving resurrection of genres long done and dusted.
Steve Soto and the Twisted Hearts open.
Dec. 30-31, 9 p.m., 2009