The Reivers’ sound is a heavenly melange of open-chorded guitars, soaring melodies, and the incongruous harmonies of songwriter John Croslin and singer Kim Longacre. Croslin’s voice is a friendly instrument, but it’s rough and low-pitched. Longacre’s, however, is a dreamy, soaring wonder. Together they’re a heady mix that shouldn’t work but does. The Reivers’ new record is End of the Day; it’s friendly and dreamy as well, and has at least one instant classic, the nostalgic “Star-Telegram.” Onstage you’d expect the Austin foursome to be good–but in fact, they’re almost unwaveringly stupendous. That’s no exaggeration: a Reivers show is about the nearest we have these days to a sure thing. Saturday, 7 PM, Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison; 327-1662.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Will Van Overbeek.