Tonight: The Changing Colors, Rural Demons at The Horned Hand

Thursday, October 6th, 2011, 5:50 pm by Ben Salmon

The Horned Hand has an evening full of rustic indie-folk music tonight with local band Rural Demons, plus Coloradans The Ghost of Michael Clark and The Changing Colors. Things will get going shortly after 8 p.m. and cover is $5. Here’s what I wrote about The Changing Colors in last week’s GO! Magazine:

Led by twin brothers Conor and Ian Bourgal, The Changing Colors come from the rustic Colorado music scene, where it’s easy to imagine their sad, sweeping folk tunes caroming around the craggy face of the nearby Rockies. The Bourgals excel at making sparse songs sound resonant and atmospheric.

Upon further review, these dudes write some seriously gorgeous songs. Imagine a less wild-eyed Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Palace Music) if his songs were set free in a wide-open space to breathe. But still super-bearded. That’s The Changing Colors. Here’s a sample:


Here’s a beautiful live performance.

I don’t know much about The Ghost of Michael Clark, but I’m sure the link above and/or a search engine will help you. Besides, I want to make sure to tell you to get there on time tonight to see the Rural Demons, a Bend-based “western gothic doom country” band led by James Ryan Adams that has been playing a bunch recently. They also just released an album, “Ghost Lights,” that I’ve been spinning a ton. You should do the same (stream it free here), because it’s very, very good.

Rural Demons.

Photo courtesy Kaycee Anseth’s blog.

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