With Brooklyn and Portland serving as amniotic rocket launchers for today's top indie bands, Minneapolis is perched pleasantly in the middle, humbly watching as groups pass through riding larger and larger waves of success. Blitzen Trapper is one such Horatio Alger story. They've been here, back, and here again, somehow managing to record a new, folksy album along the way. On self-released Wild Mountain Nation, these hippy-dippy Oregonians showed their hard edge. Now with their Sub Pop debut, Furr, their Neil Young grooves have worn deep to that comfortable ridge that lovingly crackles and pops and still sounds so good. With Horse Feathers. 21+.
Sat., Nov. 8, 8 p.m., 2008