Crooked Fingers

After a ten-year run fronting Chapel Hill indie-luminaries Archers of Loaf, Eric Bachmann and the rest of the band stepped away from the limelight at the height of the band's popularity. Now, having spent just as much time creating music as Crooked Fingers, it would seem Eric Bachmann is pretty comfortable in his own skin. Steadily pushing away from the noisy caterwaul of his previous band, Crooked Fingers has become an increasingly interesting experiment; Bachmann has gone from sparse, tortured troubador to a worldlier, gypsy-esque feel. Unlike the obscure lyricism that made up a good chunk of the Archers catalog, Bachmann has now fully embraced the storytelling/songwriter role, unapologetically guiding the listener through both bright, golden-tinged days and sinister, india-ink hued nights. With The Mynabirds, Barton Carroll. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Fri., Sept. 10, 9 p.m., 2010

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