The Clydesdale

Henderson Pavilion, Oct. 12

The farmland-inspired Nevada Wild Fest was an ideal place for local country act The Clydesdale to do some crooning. Their opening song, “Unibrow—Part 1,” was a highly contagious instrumental, and its blend of genres was a sign of good things to come.

The Clydesdale mixed punk and surf with a country core to deliver a foot-tapping delight.

Another great example of a country rarity was “Barbara Q.” With Paige Overton’s bittersweet singing and Andrew Karasa’s darkly cool guitar, this tune could easily be a favorite among lovesick cowboy vampires. Funky, right? Fast tunes are not all The Clydesdale can play. Their new song, “Weepy Horn,” can bring tears to your eyes, just from the sheer force of Overton’s voice.

Courtney Carroll’s playful yet authentic country drumming along with Jason Aragon’s effortless mastery of the bass guided the set through various tempo changes without a hitch. This tightly knit quartet has been redefining what it means to play country music for the last eight years. With three full-length albums available online and one set to be released in the spring, there is plenty of The Clydesdale to go around.

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Lead singer Brandon Boyd performed to a sold-out crowd with enthusiasm and hypnotic energy reminiscent of the 20-year-old band’s most popular years in the early 2000s. The five-piece outfit satisfied old and new fans with songs from their summer album If Not Now, When? and classics “Privilege,” “Drive” and “Wish You Were Here.” With an extended jam session, a stellar light show and psychedelic visuals, it seemed as if Incubus’ goal was to take the audience on an out-of-body experience.