HANGMAN’S HYMNAL: Small News Travels Fast in a Bad Town: LP

Pogues-y folk punk hoedowns with absolutely ripping mandolin, violin, and banjo and a galloping, reeling Townes Van Zandt cover. The genre-hopping gives it a theatre kid feel, like the songs are delivered with air quotes, but I can’t deny the hooks or the musicians’ chops. –Chris Terry (snappylittlenumbers.bandcamp.com)