The live music scene in the Quad Cities warms up this Tuesday night at Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel.

Born Ruffians with Little Junior perform live at Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel (304 E 3rd Street Davenport) this Tuesday Dec 11. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m.

Canadian indie rock band, The Ruffians, consists of members; Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch Derosier (bass), Andy Lloyd (guitar/keyboard) and Steve Hamelin (drums). Since their debut in 2002, they have released four studio albums along with two EP’s and become one of the most exciting and intriguing bands on the famously fertile Canadian indie rock scene.

Coming together in 2002 as Mornington Drive, the band spent the next two years writing, rehearsing and making their tentative steps into their local rock scene in Midland, Ontario. However, the band didn’t truly get started until 2004, when they collectively moved to Toronto and self-released their debut album “The Makeshift Yellow Catastrophe”. The response to that record was so positive that it secured the band a record deal with the hugely respected British electronica label Warp Records, but singer/guitarist Luke Lalonde, drummer Steve Hamelin and bassist Mitch DeRossier still decided it was high time to rethink the band.

The band’s first release on Warp came in 2006, and saw the band, now renamed Born Ruffians, release the single “This Sentence Will Ruin/Save Your Life”. 2008 saw the release of the album that the band consider to be their true “debut”, “Red, Yellow & Blue”, and ever since then, the band have remained one of the most acclaimed and respected groups of their time. Loved by critics, fans and their peers, they have toured with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip and Caribou, appeared on the succesful British T.V show Skins and toured the world over, with a large amount of their cult following stemming from their famed live shows. This is a band made up of artists in the truest sense of the word, and for that, they come highly recommended.

Tickets are just $12 and can be purchased at

For more information on Born Ruffians, visit their website at

Tess Abney is a freelance writer who was born and raised in the Quad Cities. She spends most of her time attempting to successfully raise three boys. In her free time, writing is her passion. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.