Heartless Bastards

Heartless Bastards find a lot to love on – and off – the road (interview)

Erika Wennerstrom's candid lyrics and no-frills songwriting would not seem to imply a flighty, focus-challenged artist. As lead singer of the Austin, Texas, quartet Heartless Bastards, the 34-year-old Ohio native peddles a sort of rootsy garage rock that recalls — and is frequently compared to — fellow Ohioans the Black Keys, whose Patrick Carney helped give the Bastards their first big break.

Mile Marker: Heartless Bastards

The country-tinged quartet Heartless Bastards carries on the Austin, Texas, rock 'n' roll tradition with an understated, timeless sound. Its sound is equal parts pop, melancholy and literate Southern rock in the vein of the Drive-By Truckers and Son Volt.

Photo essay: Heartless Bastards @ the Larimer Lounge

The gritty garage rock that is Heartless Bastards sold-out the Larimer Lounge on Wednesday, delivering a hard-hitting and captivating performance. It was clear they were here to rock, and Erika Wennerstrom's throaty, soulful voice drove the point home.

Live review: The Gaslight Anthem @ the Black Sheep

A half-full venue didn't deter the Gaslight Anthem at the Black Sheep last week. Photos and text by Heather Browne. The Gaslight Anthem are a study in contrasts: young earnest faces (broken frequently by wide smiles), paired with the tattoo-covered arms of convicts.