You heard us--rock band. This quintet won Best Groove Band in these pages in 1999, and for good reason. With its electronic- and dance-music influences, the band sometimes functions as one big rhythm section (powered by one of the best actual rhythm sections in town, drummer Michael Lowry and bassist James Griffith). But this is a different year and a different category. Lake Trout's sound still features plenty of groove-centric improvisation, which keeps its sound alive and changing and keeps the band in demand on the summer festival circuit. But angular guitars, crunchier textures, and actual songs poke up out of the group's improvisations more and more often these days. In short, one of the best-playing bands in town has taken inspiration from the alt-rock of its youth and the free-spirited adventurism of modern music and is shooting for more songly coherence. Whether the Lake Trout succeeds or not, it's turning out to be interesting to watch and a thrill to hear.