Listening to bluegrass can feel like being a hamster on a turbo wheel. In the case of The Honey Smugglers, in the wheel's place is a steady, tire-swing tempo that gives the band a ticket to ride to other musical languages. Don't let the instrumentation make up your mind for you. There are simply too many subgenres to list here. The Honey Smugglers are bottled joy. Crack one open.
The Honey Smugglers' four-year anniversary celebration takes place on Thursday, December 27, 8 p.m. at Three Heads Brewing, 186 Atlantic Avenue. $5. 244-1224. threeheadsbrewing.com; facebook.com/honeysmugglers.