Belfast Cowboys

After taking the stage as often as the Twins took the field in town over the past decade — and for gigs that often lasted as long as an average ballgame — Twin Cities bar vets the Belfast Cowboys not surprisingly sound effortlessly tight and soulful on their first album in six years, “The Upside to the Downslide.” What’s more surprising is how well frontman Terry Walsh’s original tunes — such as the instant-classic “Looking for the Northern Lights” and Soul Asylum-y “Killjoy Was Here” — stack up and blend in with the deep Van Morrison cuts that are the band’s bread and butter, including the Them nugget “My Lonely Sad Eyes” and a hard-grinding “I’ve Been Working.” They knocked it outta the park with this one. (Chris Riemenschneider) Minneapolis Star-Tribune


Cara Irish Pub's Main Stage