February 24th, 2011
8pm, $5. The Ox.
Baltimore’s Jana Hunter rode the Naughts’ folk revival wave to underground-sized success. She released a fistful of capable albums on Gnomosong, the label started by Devendra Banhart and Vetiver’s Andy Cabic, with 2007’s There’s No Home considered the crown of her corpus. Her new quartet Lower Dens lunges into shadowy territories built on a sturdy percussive backbone and painted by expansive, reverb soaked guitar-tones. Impossible with her sparse instrumentation as a solo artist, the full-band landscape compellingly elevates the heavy elegance of her throaty blues. Their 2010 debut, Twin-Hand Movement, finds Hunter unexpectedly evoking the switchblade-bravado of Chrissy Hynde rather than woodsy delicacies. Tonight they open for emerging locals Reading Rainbow. (Elliott Sharp)