For the past couple of years Douglas McCombs has been performing around town with the latest version of his long-running project Brokeback. While the music’s evocation of the expansiveness, twang, and parched tone of the American West remains, McCombs has been pushing more explicitly toward rock. When McCombs first started playing as Brokeback in 1995 he was clearly inspired by the bass duo Mike Watt started with his ex-wife Kira Roessler called Dos, and before long Brokeback became a duo with the involvement of onetime jazz bassist Noel Kupersmith; eventually it become a trio with the addition of jazz drummer Tim Mulvenna. Over those years and recordings Brokeback’s music became more and more intricate and melodic, so it makes sense that everyone in the new lineup brings a rock pedigree to the table: drummer Jim Elkington is well-known for playing guitar and singing in the Zincs and the Horse’s Ha, as well as working with the likes of Jon Langford, Kelly Hogan, and Laetitia Sadier; bassist Pete Croke has been a member of Reds and Blue, Tight Phantomz, and Head of Skulls!; and second guitarist Chris Hansen is a veteran of Head of Skulls! and Pinebender.