It's no small thing that the cosmic cowboy rock of Blitzen Trapper is still with us, fully intact. Following the Portland group's 2007 national breakthrough Wild Mountain Nation, they've treated us to an embarrassment of riches—including three more full-length albums and assorted EPs and singles—without breaking up or lapsing into Shins-y commercial-driven stupor. Instead, they've become one of Portland's most consistent and prolific bands, and their latest, American Goldwing, continues their MO of turning FM classic rock on its ear, injecting psychedelic flourishes while donning the dust-covered cowboy boots that lurk at the heart of frontman Eric Earley's songs. "Love the Way You Walk Away" initially sounds like a song you've heard coming out of your dad's radio countless times, but then there are the synth warbles and foggy mountain banjo that come in toward the song's end. Don't miss Sharon Van Etten on tonight's bill; as this paper has said countless times, she is among the very best. NED LANNAMANN
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