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Black Prairie, Perhapst 

When: Sat., May 5, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $13-15
Black Prairie are much more than a quick shot in the arm for those suffering from whimsy withdrawals in the wake of the Decemberists' indefinite hiatus. Their second album, The Storm in the Barn, just came out, and while its title and Appalachia-with-accordion aesthetic sounds like a natural, if more somber, follow-up to their Feast of the Hunter's Moon, it's actually the soundtrack to a play of the same name at the Oregon Children's Theater (which runs at the Winningstad Theatre through May 20). The Storm in the Barn may nominally be a children's album, but it has to be the scariest children's album in existence. Only the last song, the haunting "Do You Believe," has lyrics. The 16 preceding instrumental tracks evoke a landscape that's as sinister as it is dusty, and sounds not unlike Cormac McCarthy if he decided to record a bluegrass album. REBECCA WILSON

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