A member of the latter contingency in the North vs. South band battle, Cat Scientist cooks up a smart and wacky blend of engaging dance tunes in its aural laboratory. You’ll probably recognize ax man and recent Austin Hall of Fame inductee Bill Anderson; he’s usually seen around here twanging and slaying with raucous country punkers the Meat Purveyors (who also play the showcase). Anderson’s inventive guitar work is well-matched with the band’s driving keyboards and Rae Craig’s and Brant Bingamon’s charming vocals. Lyrical content includes shout-outs to our feline friends’ contributions to science and the importance of air safety. These tracks will be available on disc when debut record Cicada pounces later this month.