The once direct genre of rock 'n’ roll has become a pretty big tent. Previously a simple designation assigned to those employed to wield Fenders like flamethrowers and percussively work denim-clad crowds into a stomping lather, it’s grown too lenient, now willing to seat definitive articles like Foo Fighters next to overproduced shape-shifters like Kings of Leon.
But in the Sheepdogs, the classification makes no accommodation. The Canadian quartet is the personification of howling, guitar-geared glory, and will echo this identity at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 inside the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.).
Those first introduced to the quartet through its raw, nostalgic and Juno-recognized “Learn and Burn” found an act unearthing the sounds of the '70s. Melodic behind the vocals of Ewan Currie, playful at points and coated in the influence of Southern rock (see: “I Don’t Know”), the effort introduced both Canada and classic rock radio loyalists to a new name. Still touring off 2015’s aptly named “Future Nostalgia”— produced by Black Keys drummer Pat Carney — the band continues to build off its sturdy foundation, albeit with organ complement and chord riffs within its genre parameters. Together, it emanates from an act still growing, yet firmly affixed to the sweat-drenched tresses of rock 'n’ roll.
Blank Range opens the show. Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 to $22 (box office, ticketfly.com).