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Woods with White Fence and Native America at Blue Nile


The 53 official releases by the Brooklyn indie imprint Woodsist range from lo-fi but pop-minded rockers like Kurt Vile and Nodzzz to the flashlight-lit witch trials of Pocahaunted and whatever you want to call what Excepter does. Naturally, they also include the label's namesake, Woods, whose branching oeuvre reads like a glossary of Woodsist's cassette-taped, outre-folk origins — at the same time stretching those original parameters like the walls of a womb. Working at an album-a-year pace since 2007, Woods singer/songwriter Jeremy Earl has consigned Woodsist's weirder experiments to those artists he signs (often collaborators and tour mates). Following his own path led to the clearing At Echo Lake, as lush and lucid a collection of folksy pop songs as was issued in 2010. Indeed, replace Earl's astronomical falsetto with an earthbound tenor and Woods becomes the East Coast Shins, his "Suffering Season" the new "New Slang": a painfully pretty ditty primed to be miscast in advertising jingles and coming-of-age romances. But this band, like its label, is too blessedly unpracticed to let that happen. After one of At Echo Lake's catchiest numbers, someone asks Earl, "Is that a song?" The answer: "It is now." Sun and Shade, Woods' fifth LP and Woodsist's 53rd release, arrived in June. White Fence and Native America open. Tickets $8. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Aug. 6

Woods with White Fence and Native America

10 p.m. Saturday

Blue Nile, 532 Frenchmen St., second floor, 948-2583;

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