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Bombadil and the River Whyless 

When: Mon., Sept. 2 2013
Price: $7

indie rock, folk, 8 p.m.

For nearly three years, Durham, N.C.-based quirky folk-pop band Bombadil was silent. In early 2009, after heavy touring behind a handful of Ramseur Records releases and appearances at big-time festivals like Bonnaroo, the buzzed-about band was forced to slam on the brakes: Pianist Stuart Robinson quit during the polishing stages of the band’s second album, Tarpits and Canyonlands. Three months later, bassist Daniel Michalak was sidelined by unbearable pain in his hands and arms; he was barely able to feed himself let alone play bass or drive a tour van. And then drummer James Phillips moved to Oregon. Suddenly, a magnetic band with a bright future was finished. But somehow, they came back. The trio would reconvene (with original guitarist Bryan Rahija, who now lives in Michigan and doesn’t tour) in 2011 to record All That the Rain Promises, a disc that found the band at its most playful. This year, Bombadil released the triumphant Metrics of Affection, an adventurous and varied collection, filled with fantastical and baroque arrangements. It’s just like the Bombadil of old, but full of raw emotions and the fiery spirit of a band once left for dead but given a second life. —Patrick Wall MONDAY


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