The recently released debut album by supergroup Monsters of Folk lives up to its name sort of. Mike Mogis and Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), M. Ward (She & Him) and Yim Yames (aka Jim James of My Morning Jacket) acquired the moniker while touring together five years ago, and it stuck. Folk has a place on the self-titled album, but so do country, rock, blues and electronica. Despite the identities they've cultivated as indie all-stars, the foursome created an organic sound for the project that's distinct from their individual discographies. In true collaborative fashion, they wrote all the songs together and each musician experimented with new instruments. Standout tracks "Map of the World" and "Baby Boomer" showcase their collective strengths: alluring chord progressions, swoon-worthy harmonies and lyrical vigor. For their tour, the quartet partnered with Air Traffic Control to donate $1 from every ticket to local nonprofits; in Minneapolis those proceeds will go to Honor the Earth, headed by Winona LaDuke.
Thu., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., 2009