Bahamas

While the name Bahamas may conjure up a mental image of a tropical paradise, Afie Jurvanan's project is far from Caribbean while still providing a warm breeze. After three years of touring as a guitarist/keyboardist for Feist, Jurvanan stepped away from the spotlight and formed Bahamas, releasing his stripped-down debut Pink Strat in 2009. Barchords, Bahamas' newly-released second album, shows Jurvanan's unfiltered heart beating through in every composition. While Jurvanan's song structures are built on well-worn territory, his radiant honey-coated voice and atmospheric guitar explorations carve Bahamas their very own confident niche. Bahamas' slow-burning torch songs, playful folk ballads, and painfully transparent soulful confessionals melt together for a steady-rolling, unflinching look at relationships that serves as the perfect soundtrack for the post last-call comedown. With Loney Dear, Red Jacket Mine. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Sat., March 24, 9 p.m., 2012

 
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