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Horse Feathers

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Horse Feathers makes me want to grow a beard again, move to a big farm, and forget the city. Something about a plucked banjo, half-whispered vocals, and weepy violin does that to me. The indie folk band hails from the rich-musical landscape of Portland, Oregon and is currently signed to the Kill Rock Stars record label. While Horse Feathers belongs in the same musical family as Iron & Wine, here feminine backing vocals and an array of swirling stringed instruments add a touch of mourning and beauty. The band is currently made up of principal songwriter Justin Ringle (vocal, guitar), Nathan Crockett (violin, saw), Catherine Odell (cello, vocals), and Sam Cooper (banjo, mandolin, violin). On the track “Cascades,” taken from the band’s brand new album Thistled Spring, Ringle sings blatant poetry: “Kiss on the mouth with hearts that were bound and gagged. The noose was broke, the witness was their cascades.” Heavy stuff delivered in a pretty way. Horse Feathers will play the Ninth Ward at Babeville this Tuesday (April 27). This show calls for earth tones and braided twigs. Wear some flannel.

—peter vullo

7pm (doors). Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. (852-3835 / $8/ adv; $10/day of show at box office, 223-6000, and Tops Markets