Damien Jurado

When it comes to mastering the brooding, moody stillness of the Pacific Northwest, few artists capture the piercing light and haunting shadows of the region as well as Damien Jurado. For the past 17 years, Jurado has humbly churned out a catalog of stark but sweeping masterpieces that have rarely raised above a dull roar, but whose ripples can be felt for miles around. On his twelfth full length album, the soon-to-be-released Maraqopa, Jurado gracefully slides away from sparse, somber folk arrangements and incorporates lusher, more diverse sounds. Maraqopa finds Jurado expanding his wingspan with quiet confidence, bringing spaced-out psychedelia and the atmospheric ramble of Morricone's high-lonesome spaghetti western soundtracks into his sonic fold. With Gold Leaves, Bryan John Appleby. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Fri., Feb. 17, 9 p.m., 2012

 
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