Tonight’s Concert Picks: Black Prairie at Tin Angel and DollyRots at Kung Fu Necktie

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Portland bluegrass six-piece Black Prairie is set to take the stage tonight at Tin Angel. Though initially formed with the intention of being a casual side project for Decemberists members Jenny Conlee, Chris Funk, Jon Neufeld, Nate Query, Annalisa Tornfelt, and John Moen, the band shifted gears and made their music a primary focus. After finding success with  Feast of the Hunter’s Moon and A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart (both peaking at number four on the US Bluegrass charts) they released fourth album Fortune this April. Below, watch the music video for “Let It Out.” Tickets and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →


Photo Recap: Black Prairie with John Wesley Harding at MilkBoy

Last night, Portland bluegrass group Black Prairie – which features members of The Decembersists, The Woolwines and Dolorean – performed at MilkBoy Philly. Witty troubadour John Wesley Harding opened the show with a short solo set, then collaborated with Black Prairie on several songs during their set. Check out a photo recap of the evening in the gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lantern at Johnny Brenda’s, Black Prairie at MilkBoy, Blonde Redhead at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes David Johansen of New York Dolls to World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Rhett Miller to The Abbey Bar

Local rock ‘n’ roll trio Lantern headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Self-described as “proto-biker-punk-blues,” the one thing that will strike any listener upon diving into 2012’s Dream Mine EP (Bathetic) for the first time is the sheer amount of blown-out fuzz and noise that distorts the classically punk vocals of front-man Zachary Devereux Fairbrother.  Citing influences as surprising as early folk and blues and as obvious as early rock ‘n’ roll and ’60s-’70s punk, Lantern’s music is a combustion of nitty gritty Americana.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Dong Johnson and Amanda X can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Train Song.”

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Black Prairie (featuring members of The Decemberists) playing MilkBoy in November

Photo by Jason Quiqley

Black Prairie is the “acousticana” band founded by the Decemberists’ Chris Funk, Nate Query and Jenny Conlee, with founding member John Neufeld on guitar and Decemberists’ John Moen on drums. The band releases its second album, A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart, on September 18th on Sugar Hill Records. The album was produced and engineered in Portland by Tucker Martine. Black Prairie perform at Milkboy Philly on Thursday, November 8th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, listen to a new song, “How Do You Ruin Me.”

06 – How Do You Ruin Me by Sugar Hill Records