Josh Ritter, Yellowbirds | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

Clubs & Concerts

Josh Ritter, Yellowbirds

When: Wed., July 27, 8 p.m. 2011

The complaint generally lodged against Idaho-based singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is that his euphonic, magnetic folk-pop lifts only from the most standard American sources: A man and a woman consider their love in the face of nuclear holocaust; folklore figures like Stackalee and Delia tragically interact; a pretty Midwest woman gets corrupted by a mischievous man. But those dismissals miss the essential, central subversion of Ritter's work, as the bright-eyed, boyish songwriter with the acoustic guitar travels the dark corners of adult considerations in music that glows like the brightest ends of the adult contemporary dial. Obsessed with death, corruption and the precarious balance of priorities, Ritter is a seemingly affable guy hoping to make you hum along with some difficult topics. With Yellowbirds. —Grayson Currin

Price: $18-20

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