The quietly harrowing atmosphere conjured up by the Cowboy Junkies is so dense, even fleeting contact could seriously bruise your psyche. Shadowy menace lurks in the exquisite dance between Michael Timmins's usually understated but barbed guitar and sister Margo Timmins's languid, darkly haunting vocals. The band first emerged in the late '80s with a striking version of the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane," from The Trinity Session, recorded with a single mic in a Toronto church. Nearly 20 years later, the Junkies returned to the church, along with guests Ryan Adams, Natalie Merchant, and Vic Chesnutt for Trinity Session Revisited, proving their hypnotic powers are still intact. Now the band's latest tour arrives on the cusp of an ambitious project that promises four albums in the next 18 months, inspired by the paintings of their friend Enrique Martinez Celaya. Dubbed the Nomad Series, its first volume, Remnin Park, is additionally based on Michael's recent three-month residency in China, the tracks built around found sounds he recorded there. Expect the band to mix old and new material in concert.
Sun., March 21, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2010