Over the last handful of years, Little Rock has become a tour hub for buzzy folk revivalists. We've seen Dawes, Vetiver, Bon Iver and Band of Horses plug in on local stages and, with the locals of The Natives carving out a reputation for themselves by backing both Chris Denny and Luke MacMaster of The Romany Rye, we've seen Little Rock contribute to that in-demand, woodsy sound. Now, Peter Wolf Crier (above) is set to return to town, bringing a little more notoriety since its last visit in October thanks to the success of "Inter-Be," a full-length debut written overnight that earned warm, if not loud, praise and caught the ears of NPR and AOL as well as taste-making music blogs like Stereogum.
PWC is joined by Retribution Gospel Choir, a guitar-whipping, anthemic rock trio fronted by Alan Sparhawk of slow-core great Low. The two bands find a sonic middle ground in rural melodics, but are dozens of decibels apart in energy. Retribution Gospel Choir's three veterans of the Duluth music scene make heavy musical epics as rib-rattlingly loud as their tour mates are deliberate. And, to these ears, the elders who open the night are more interesting by a Minnesota mile.