Shearwater, Damien Jurado | Local 506 | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Shearwater, Damien Jurado

When: Sat., Nov. 6, 9:30 p.m. 2010

Once upon a time, Shearwater was just a place where the less Okkervil-like songs written by Will Sheff and Jonathan Meiberg would be released into the wild. Gradually, over the course of four albums, what began as a collaborative venture turned into Meiberg's main creative outlet. By the time 2008's Rook hit, Meiberg had officially cut ties with Okkervil River, and any notion that Shearwater was a side project were quickly dispatched. Meiberg's fluttering croon is a perfect match for Shearwater's more fragile and meditative moments, but the band's reputation is made on tracks like Rook's "The Snow Leopard" and "Castaways" (off this year's The Golden Archipelago). With the music surging and swelling like a spot-on approximation of the otherworldly grandeur of Laughing Stock-era Talk Talk, Meiberg unleashes a righteous holler that is both awesome and humbling. It elevates Shearwater above their contemporaries. Prolific indie-folkster Damien Jurado opens. —David Raposa

Price: $10-12

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