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See Futurebirds Tomorrow at The Bowery Ballroom

May 30th, 2013

Rising up from the musical hotbed of Athens, Ga., where it can be difficult for a band to stick out, Futurebirds have combined their penchant for twangy instruments, like the banjo and mandolin, with a solid dose of heavy reverb to forge a cool sound uniquely their own—a sort of psychedelic country, if you will. Their first full-length, Hampton’s Lullaby, which Aquarium Drunkard glowingly likened to “a synthesis of the two extremes of Neil Young’s yin and yang,” came out in 2010. Touring in support of it, Futurebirds (above, performing “Ski Chalet” at Bonnaroo) immediately began to draw in an audience, thanks to their high-energy shows. Last month the quintet put out their second album, Baba Yaga (stream it below), which aptly captures their live sound, about which Pitchfork says, “You feel the energy, forgive any flubbed notes, and soak in the past-midnight revelry.” Of course, you really can feel their live energy tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom.