Fiddlin' Around

It turns out that Arizona bands heading to South by Southwest have been doing it wrong. They should have heeded the words of Alabama, the Southern country band, when they said, "If you're gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band."

On Monday, March 29, Austin's MilkDrive shows us how it's done. Brian Beken mans the all-important fiddle duty for the folksy, jazz-driven quartet, but the collaboration with principal songwriter and guitarist Noah Jefferies, Dan Ludiker on mandolin, and bassist Matt Meford makes MilkDrive's intricate layers of acoustic rhythms and textures fly. Songs like "The Call of the Milkmen" weave the band’s porch-playing virtuosity into compelling, ambitious compositions.

Mon., March 29, 7 p.m., 2010