Blitzen Trapper

Blitzen Trapper's songs sound as if they were written 35 years ago—by Steve Miller, while he was living alone in a cabin in a woods, with a banjo for his only friend. There's an enchanting, simple quality to the Portland band's music, but there's something absolutely weird about it, too. The video for "Furr," the title track on the band's 2008 Sub Pop release, is the perfect example of this. Sepia-colored paper cutouts act out the story of a 17-year-old boy who runs away into the woods, becomes a wolf, and learns something about life in the process. Lead singer Eric Earley appears from time to time, earnestly crooning the chorus: "You can wear your fur/ like a river on fire/ but you better be sure/ if you're making God a liar." The beauty of both the song and the accompanying video is that, beneath all the imagery metaphor, they feel honest and true. The stories in Blitzen Trapper's songs, like the murder mystery on "Black River Killer," might be fantasy, but they're not about escape—they're about finding meaning in reality. With Wye Oak. PAIGE RICHMOND

Sun., Oct. 25, 8 p.m., 2009

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