Los Lobos know their way around both of the locales mentioned in the title of their latest offering -- which serves as something of a guided tour of each, as traces of dirt-road rusticity and hardscrabble urbanity permeate the disc's grooves. The Angelenos revisit many of their old haunts in order to outfit the tales with appropriate sonic backing -- lacing "Chuco's Cumbia" with several dashes of the piquant border-town spice that were so liberally applied in their earliest work and dipping into heady, Latin Playboys-esque experimentalism on the darkly visceral "The City." The eerie quality of that latter track imbues several of the album's songs, underscoring the yearning nature of "Hold On," a classic Lobos tale of Latinos trying to get a foothold in society. Louie Perez, the band's primary lyricist, comes back to that topic often, but does so in a way that's universal enough to resonate with anyone who's struggled with hardship, regardless of its source. He and his bandmates are also well versed in balancing life's dark and stormy nights with some kick-up-the-heels interludes -- notably the roughhousing "Two Dogs and a Bone," which barrels along with the power of vintage Lobos rockers like "Shakin' Shakin' Shakes." That blend of simplicity and complexity, tradition and modernity, is what makes The Town and the City seem so complete, so well considered -- like a short film that reveals something new each time it unspools.