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Bowerbirds 

When: Tue., June 12 2012
In nature, a bowerbird is known for its distinctive courtship ritual in which the male creates a colorfully decorated structure to attract a female. The North Carolina duo named after the bird isn’t quite so flashy. In fact, their more muted tones are more likely to attract fans of such rustic and organic folk-rock groups like Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, and Bon Iver. Some of their latest album, The Clearing, was even recorded at Justin Vernon’s studio; the rest was laid down inside a remote cabin in North Carolina. The rural setting is all over the band's songs about weather, soil, water, and “the forest of our hearts.” No surprise that birds also figure into this musical wildlife reserve, since singer and guitarist Phil Moore once tracked them for a living. But he and Beth Tacular aren’t your usual backwoods minimalists. They fill their third album with lush sounds laid atop acoustic foundations and fleshed out with horns, strings, keyboards, and percussion. Three additional musicians help bring their radiant tunes to life onstage. With Basia Bulat. 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. – Michael Berick

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