Crooked Fingers

Eight years ago, folkie indie rockers Crooked Fingers released an EP, Reservoir Songs, on Merge Records; it contained touching, imaginative covers of songs by Springsteen and Neil Diamond, as well as a banjo-driven take on Prince's "When You Were Mine." Through it all, frontman Eric Bachmann, formerly with Archers of Loaf, sang each song with gruff, Tom Waits-inspired conviction. This year, Bachmann & Co. released a sequel, including their takes on songs by Merle Haggard, Thin Lizzy, and the Kinks. Most impressive is that the band did it themselves through Kickstarter. With Cotton Jones.
Sat., Dec. 11, 10:30 p.m., 2010
 
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