What are you doing New Year's Eve?
Lucero plays Paradise on Dec 31, 2011. Although it's unrelated, that's the same night as First Night Boston, so there will be lots and lots of people in town that night and lots to do before the show...
Allmusic.com said of Lucero's "Dreaming in America":
Flying by the seat of their pants, Southern indie rockers Lucero have eked out a career in music despite never receiving a royalty check from their first record company and watching their second label close its doors right as the band was getting hot. Add a charismatic, heartfelt ruffian as lead singer, a never-ending tour schedule, and a Replacements-like show that's brilliance on the brink of drunken disaster, and you've got one heck of a story.
Video: Lucero Live @ CBGB
When I saw them in 2009, they reminded me more of Uncle Tupelo than The Replacements, but I'm a big fan of both and never got to see either. Lucero have a rabid following, many who sing along and shout requests, even this far north of their Memphis home. They play for two hours without a set list and honor most requests; even if they're not sure they can remember the words. They rock. Go see them, if you can.