Deep Ellum transplants Milton Mapes might call Austin home these days, but their full-length debut, Westernaire (Aspyr), roams the rugged Charles Starkweather High Plains. Think Neil Young and Crazy Horse in their heyday or the kind of reverent alt-country your favorite bands are way too self-conscious to play anymore. Songwriter Greg Vanderpool (who named the group after his grandfather) dredges raw emotion from a whisper, which the band builds to a roar with cinematicĀ flair.

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