It’s hard not to see Bowerbirds without hearing Cartman—not because the Raleigh, NC, trio belongs anywhere near South Park, but because their whole demeanor just screams, “Hippies! Dirty, goddamn hippies!” Fortunately, this is their asset, as their spare, bang-on-a-can folk-pop and high mewling (don’t call it “Devendra-lite” or “freak folk”) stores half the enchantment in its sincere earthiness. The group’s 2007 debut, Hymns for a Dark Horse, won them both adoration from Mountain Goats singer John Darnielle and undue press attention for their lifestyle, as they all reside rustically à la carte in a Winnebago in the forest. Mmmkay, now. With Bell, La Strada, and Lost in Trees.
Mon., April 27, 7 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 15, 2009