Because Scottish indie folksters Frightened Rabbit played a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom just a couple of weeks ago, it’s up for debate whether this all-request acoustic gig—the final stop on their U.S. tour—is merely a veiled cash-in attempt before heading home. Despite their motives, though, the group’s full-throated, cracking vocals, determined strumming, and idyllic, personal lyrics make for some of the best trad indie rock since bands such as Arab Strap and the Delgados defined their country’s late-’90s heyday. With New York indie folkster Gregory and the Hawk (the nom-de-pluck of songstress Meredith Godreau).
Mon., Feb. 2, 9:30 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 21, 2009