Fruit Bats

Eric Johnson has been making country-tinged folk-pop as Fruit Bats since 1997, but it took him until 2011 to make what feels like his most personal album. That would be Tripper, the band's fourth album on Sub Pop, which was released this past August. While 2009's The Ruminant Band recalled more southern rock or '70s AM radio, Tripper deals in a decidedly more mellow strain of Americana, centering on Johnson's songwriting and leaving plenty of space for him to tell his stories. The result is a record that is less immediate than its predecessors, but still rewards after multiple listens. Fortunately, Fruit Bats' live shows are as immediate as they come, evoking The Ruminant Band's freewheeling spirit rather than Tripper's relative serenity. With AGESandAGES, Joseph Giant. ANDREW GOSPE

Sat., Nov. 19, 8 p.m., 2011

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