Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley - Desert Sky Pavilion - May 16
Miranda Lambert released an album called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
, and the songs on it say a lot about the subgenre of country music she inhabits: The title track was followed as a single by "Famous in a Small Town" and "Gunpowder & Lead." "Most of the album's tracks," explains a dispassionate Wikipedia, "describe women who seek revenge on their ex-lovers. ['Gunpowder & Lead'] discusses a woman who plans revenge on an abusive boyfriend by killing him with her shotgun."
Which is not to say she's a novelty act. Lambert's earned critical acclaim for four albums now, and her broken-down narratives -- "I cut my bangs with some rusty kitchen scissors" opens her current single, "Mama's Broken Heart" -- have just enough verisimilitude mixed in with the drama to work.