After selling out First Avenue for the release party of Little Wind in September, and opening for Dawes's New Year's Eve gigs, Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps hit the road for a lengthy U.S. tour that brings them back to First Avenue on Saturday night. While the band's heartfelt, countrified folk-rock can only be strengthened by the added experience, Caroline and co. didn't really need much improving in the first place. Duluth's Retribution Gospel Choir should add some volatile punch to the bill, as Alan Sparhawk frequently works out some gritty guitar riffs with RGC that he doesn't get to unload in his subdued other band, Low. 18+.
Sat., April 7, 6 p.m., 2012