When: Thu., Nov. 3, 9 p.m. 2011
On last year's Destroyer of the Void, Portland's Blitzen Trapper pushed its music toward something new, venturing into expansive prog-rock territory—a journey epitomized by the album's epic, shape-shifting title track. It's a compelling but uneven album, so I don't mind a bit that on the dynamic new American Goldwing (Sub Pop) the group retreats, not only with a sound that revisits earlier records but also through Eric Earley's nostalgic lyrics. Blitzen Trapper leapfrogs from Dylan-esque balladry to heavy southern-fried rock, creating a vision of Americana as envisioned by rural burnouts—albeit burnouts concerned with transcendence, emotional responsibility, and making peace with long-gone good times. On "Taking It Easy Too Long," Earley suddenly realizes how much of his life has passed him by, while on other tunes, like "My Home Town" and the title track, he refutes Thomas Wolfe's famous dictum and heads back to where he grew up, because that's who he really is. —Peter Margasak Dawes and Belle Brigade open.Blitzen Trapper also plays a free in-store at Reckless Records on Broadway at 6 PM.