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Big Thief Close Out Two-Night Run Back at Home in Brooklyn

September 13th, 2017

Big Thief – Music Hall of Williamsburg – September 12, 2017

Big Thief, a local Brooklyn band, have done a lot in two years, from releasing a debut album, Masterpiece, in spring 2016 to dropping their follow-up LP, Capacity, just this past June. Lead vocalist Adrianne Lenker’s song delivery anchors the band, while guitarist Buck Meek, bassist Max Oleartchik and drummer James Krivchenia provide the exclamation marks. They’ve been touring nonstop this summer in support of the latest release, including their recent debut at the Newport Folk Festival and a swing through Europe.

Last night, Big Thief played the second of two shows this week at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Lenker wore denim overalls, while Meek favored a more traditional tweed vest and pants combo. The band had the crowd rapt early as they offered up two favorites, the slow-burning “Masterpiece” and the longingly aching “Shoulders.” There was little banter from the soft-spoken lead singer, but her musical voice said enough.

Lenker’s attempts to fill the space between numbers became odd ruminations on dinner, so instead she stuck to her plaintive songs to charge the room. A preemptive surge of applause greeted the first chords of “Mythological Beauty,” and the second album’s title song earned an equally fine reception. The set concluded with the delicate lullaby “Orange,” which was followed by an encore with a guitar-less Lenker crooning “Mary.” —Sharlene Chiu

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Bear’s Den Headline The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow Night

July 30th, 2014

Thanks to their modern take on throwback folk—and their use of a banjo—Bear’s Den have garnered comparisons to Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers. And although they’ve only released a few singles and EPs, hitting the road in support of bands like Of Monsters and Men and Daughter, has already earned the young London three-piece—Andrew Davie (vocals and guitar), Joey Haynes (banjo and guitar) and Kev Jones (drums and Communion cofounder with Ben Lovett)—a growing reputation as a band not to miss. Following on the heels of last year’s Agape (stream it below), Bear’s Den (above, doing “Don’t Let the Sun Steal You Away” for Sideshow Alley TV) put out a second EP, Without/Within (stream it below), earlier this year. “The songs were in many ways our most personal yet and also our most ambitious sonically,” Davies told Rolling Stone. A proper full-length is due later this year, but on the heels of playing the esteemed Newport Folk Fest this past weekend, Bear’s Den headline The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow nightLittle Racer, a local four-piece, open the show