On record, Nebraska's Box Elders are merely another cool, competent garage-rock throwback. Every single sounds ripped from rock 'n' roll's sock-hop salad days, save for the Buzzcocks-inspired punk numbers like "One Foot in Front of the Other." Goner Records debut Alice & Friends continues the McIntyre brothers' well-worn pattern of melody and mayhem.

On record, Nebraska's Box Elders are merely another cool, competent garage-rock throwback. Every single sounds ripped from rock 'n' roll's sock-hop salad days, save for the Buzzcocks-inspired punk numbers like "One Foot in Front of the Other." Goner Records debut Alice & Friends continues the McIntyre brothers' well-worn pattern of melody and mayhem.

Such a band usually entertains but rarely marvels. Box Elders have wowed Cafe Bourbon Street crowds (or lack thereof) on numerous occasions, though, thanks to reportedly unparalleled energy and Dave Goldberg's nifty trick of playing keyboards and drums simultaneously.

Next week they stop by next door at The Summit for another go-round, hopefully for a considerably larger crowd this time.