Paper Bird

The banjo is a powerful, powerful thing. In the 21st century, those four or five strings aren't just limited to bluegrass yarns about the ol' Appalachian Mountains. Paper Bird have some of that (in this Colorado band's case, it's the Rockies), but When the River Took Flight, released July 27th, is more like a joyful, jaunty salmagundi of chiming indie folk, quippy ragtime rhythms and warm vintage pop hymnals, sweetened by three female vocalists, a trombone and, yes, that trusty banjo. With In Lake'ch, Dovekins, Shenandoah. MARY PAULINE DIAZ

Thu., Aug. 5, 8 p.m., 2010

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