Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
The Daredevil Christopher Wright w/ Big Falls
Tonight @ Tonic Tavern, 9 p.m.
Eau Claire's The Daredevil Christopher Wright has proud ties to that city's biggest star: Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who produced the band's 2009 debut album, In Deference to a Broken Back. The group's bombastically orchestrated baroque folk invites immediate comparisons to The Decemberists, though perhaps Page France comparisons are more apt—not only because Christopher Wright evokes a similar twee vulnerability, but also because the band's songs are so immersed in Christian Scripture and folklore that they make early Sufjan Stevens seem agnostic by comparison. The 2011 EP The Longsuffering Song continues the band's exploration of the sounds of church and the forest.