SONG OF THE DAY: “Gun Control” by Bird Dog

Here lies Bird Dog. A shifty, lilting mix of syncopated folk and popular rhythms with a backbeat in the American dance­band tradition. Tuneful tunes, harmonies, wistful lyrics, and instrumental part playing are touchstones for these fellows. Bird Dog play frequent opening slots at New York’s finest clubs and halls to warm reception. Their music has been recorded on three separate occasions, but the show always features the new and the unrecorded. Like booze they’re gone just as you’re warming up. Afterwards they’ll likely stand you to a drink.