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Sun Sep 25 |
THANK YOU SCIENTIST
with BEFORE THE BULB, FALCHEMIST
Mon Sep 26 |
PORCHES
with JAPANESE BREAKFAST, RIVERGAZER
Wed Sep 28 |
MYTHirst
with FURBIE CAKES, BIG J BEATS, OLD SOUL ERA, SMRT
Thu Sep 29 |
HAPPY HOUR BINGO
with Win Tix To: Elle King, Okkervil River, Kishi Bashi, Death From Above 1975 + Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Faint, Failure, Purity Ring
Thu Sep 29 |
ON REPEAT
with EMPRESS, THE BEEVES, MEETING HOUSE
Fri Sep 30 |
THE SHADOWBOXERS
with WESLEY WATKINS, HR PEOPLE
Sat Oct 1 |
IAN MOORE
Sat Oct 1 |
DANCE YOURSELF CLEAN - AN INDIE-POP DANCE PARTY
Sun Oct 2 |
THE GODDAMN GALLOWS
with GALLOWS BOUND, CROW CAVALIER
Tue Oct 4 |
WHITE REAPER
with THE OUTFIT, DRAMAD
Wed Oct 5 |
THE WEEKS
with COLD FRONTS
Thu Oct 6 |
A TRIBE CALLED RED
Thu Oct 6 |
HAPPY HOUR BINGO
with Win Tix To: Mandolin Orange (both nights), Failure, Purity Ring, Moon Hooch, The Faint, Deerhunter, Johnnyswim
Fri Oct 7 |
A TRIBE CALLED RED
Sat Oct 8 |
CYMBALS EAT GUITARS
with FIELD MOUSE, WILD HONEY
Mon Oct 10 |
SEAN HAYES
with CORY MON, TIM CARR
Wed Oct 12 |
NATALY DAWN
Thu Oct 13 |
THE NORTHERN EMPTY
with MITCHEL EVAN & THE MANGROVE
Fri Oct 14 |
DADDY ISSUES
with THE PATIENT ZEROS
Fri Oct 14 |
RACHEL YAMAGATA
Sat Oct 15 |
THE GARDEN
with SO PITTED, HEYROCCO
Tue Oct 18 |
TOBACCO
with HIGH TIDES, ODONIS ODONIS
Thu Oct 20 |
BIG BUSINESS
Fri Oct 21 |
THE FELICE BROTHERS
with SHELBY EARL, STRAWBERRY RUNNERS
Sat Oct 22 |
TRUE WIDOW
with LOWLANDS, EMERALD SIAM
Sun Oct 23 |
TRASH TALK
with ANTWON, BLACK NOISE (DJ SET)
Tue Oct 25 |
LEWIS DEL MAR
with PRINZE GEORGE
Wed Oct 26 |
NOBUNNY
Fri Oct 28 |
IN THE WHALE
with ONE FLEW WEST
Sat Oct 29 |
HAYDEN JAMES
with ELDERBROOK, RUMTUM
Sun Oct 30 |
LITTLE HURRICANE
Tue Nov 1 |
PAPER ROUTE
with HALFNOISE
Wed Nov 2 |
QUINN XCII
with AYOKAY
Thu Nov 3 |
THROTTLEBOMB
with THE HEROIN, SPACE IN TIME, SMOLDER & BURN
Fri Nov 4 |
DAVID RAMIREZ
Sat Nov 5 |
SUNFLOWER BEAN
with THE LEMON TWIGS
Sun Nov 6 |
SALES
with TANGERINE
Sat Nov 12 |
K THEORY
Wed Nov 16 |
THE DUST BOWL REVIVAL
Thu Nov 17 |
MR LITTLE JEANS
Fri Nov 18 |
THE WILD REEDS
Sat Nov 19 |
THE JEZABELS
Sun Nov 20 |
ADAM TORRES
Tue Nov 22 |
MARC E. BASSY
Sat Nov 26 |
SAD13
with VAGABON
Tue Nov 29 |
BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH
with BROLLY
Fri Dec 30 |
EL TEN ELEVEN
Sat Dec 31 |
EL TEN ELEVEN - NYE SHOW

Sun Aug 26 | Left Hand Brewing Presents...

BROWN BIRD (BBQ)   6pm

JOHN COMMON FEAT. JESS DeNICOLA @ 5pm
THE GHOST OF JOSEPH BUCK @ 4pm
FOXWING HOLLOW @ 3pm
BIRDS OF A FEATHER @ 7pm
MATHIAS & THE CROOKED STREETS

Doors open at 1pm   |   Show starts at 2pm   |   $10.00 In Adv | $12.00 Day Of Show





Brown Bird is better listened to in a room made of wood. Of course, it is easy to download the code and listen to the band on small computer speakers, but what is the point? You miss the warm layers of guitar, banjo, violin, double bass, cello, and bass drum (wooden rim) which hangs thick over their latest full-length effort, "Salt for Salt".

Recorded live to tape in Pawtucket, RI, "Salt For Salt" is the first album by Brown Bird to capture the intense energy of the duo's live show, surging in waves that often swell into high-spirited, foot-stomping madness. David Lamb's lyrics are as well-written as they are emotionally intelligent, thankfully avoiding the pitfalls of the wish-wash known as "modern-folk" or "singer-songwriting". Lamb and his partner MorganEve Swain write simply, and the record is eerily sparse at times - a tambourine, a bass drum and the cello often the sole accompaniement to Lamb's (what a name) cracked, wood-smoke voice.

Brown Bird are also not afraid to write experimentally - "Ebb and Flow" and "Shiloh" (the latter a longer, entirely instrumental track) each boast melodies worthy of a dervish, the melodic structure reminiscent more of Turkish or Greek rebetika than old-time or bluegrass. Lamb and Swain work beautifully together, with his banjo providing a backbone to a fiddle break, her harmonies a lonesome echo of the melody. But Brown Bird also know too much to be pure romantics; Lamb's continual reference to ships clearly come from his years spent working at the shipyard in Warren, RI, just as their arrangements well only from a deep knowledge of the American folk tradition.

Paring down from five musicians on their last album to the duo of Lamb and Swain on "Salt For Salt" resulted in some necessary instrument changes - Swain, a lifelong violinist, spends most of the album on cello and double bass, instruments she picked up in the past two years. Lamb has a kick drum and woodblock/tambourine rigged to a second pedal in front of him, using his whole body and voice to carry the rhythm and melody simultaneously. This new configuration propels each song forward with a blur of hands, feet and voices.

A cantankerous and drafty two-man ship stationed in Providence, RI, Brown Bird plays original, traditional American music in the best sense possible. It is music that comes from a context but is not afraid of the context: a living root with a view towards the leaves.

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