Gillian Welch

California Sounds: The Tracks open with a bang, Open Mike Eagle offers love advice and Gillian Welch revisits her classic debut

California Sounds: The Tracks open with a bang, Open Mike Eagle offers love advice and Gillian Welch revisits her classic debut

The Tracks, “Go Out Tonight” (Echo Park Records). This first release from Boyle Heights rock quartet the Tracks presents itself as a kind of three-minute mission statement. Brash and fearless, “Go Out Tonight” introduces a band that seems emboldened with each passing beat, ripping through riffs as guitarist-vocalist Venancio Bermudez roars with the confidence of Joe Strummer in his prime.

In a fascinating interview with the website L.A. Taco, Bermudez described the band’s birth and backstory, which seems fit for a biopic....