Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Bowerbirds - 6.13 - Mr Smalls - Pittsburgh - Show Preview - Concert Preview

And we are back from an extended vacation with our first post of June. Next Wednesday, 6.13 the Bowerbirds will be playing at Mr Smalls. They are touring behind their third album, The Clearing, a much more ambitious production than their previous output. The Raleigh, NC duo are known for their folk sound, however, this LP approaches diverse instrumentation with organs, trumpets, violins being utlized. The new sound is courtesy of Brian Joseph (Bon Iver's engineer) who produced a more polished, vibrant record. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual, to enter just email us at

From their press:

The Clearing is the third album by the Bowerbirds, and as is often the case for bands that have found steady success, they had more time and better resources to make it. This is a bigger record, then, with bolder sounds and a broader scope. "Tuck The Darkness In" surges in its final two minutes with a wall of electric guitars and drums. "Hush" plays hide and seek with restless vibraphones, pianos and drums, Beth's voice again providing a core of resilience in an otherwise ominous atmosphere.

Thing is, these songs don't cede to the increased production demands. The guitars and strings, codas and bridges simply make these thoughts more urgent, more vital and more necessary, but not one bit less permanent. Though "Walk the Furrows" is more complicated than anything the Bowerbirds have ever recorded, the kernel of the song--a new creed for retrenched domesticity in a world flooded with temptation and distraction--feels like bedrock.

The Clearing is more than a third record for the Bowerbirds. Between 2009's Upper Air and this one, Beth nearly died after a mysterious illness that put her in the hospital. They rescued and adopted a dog that ran beneath their tour van's tires. Beth and Phil even ended their long relationship but began it again after realizing that, despite their own shortcomings, they didn't want to be with anyone else. Mostly, though, they returned to their cabin in the woods of North Carolina to nest--to make soup and walk dogs, to make art and write songs, to realize that this was their life and find contentment in it.

The show begins at 8p with tickets only $15. More information on the show can be found here.

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