"Curs In The Weeds"
Sweet-voiced, bearded acoustic guitarists are not a rare commodity in the Pacific Northwest, which has spawned the likes of Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Blind Pilot and countless others, just in the last few years. Horse Feathers' Justin Ringle may be the gentlest beard-wearer of them all, which made him a perfect candidate to appear in our Tiny Desk Concerts series: With a voice that high and soft, the man needs a quiet room.
Horse Feathers may play soothingly quiet, melancholy folk-pop, but the band filled the room with warm sound, thanks to the strings and rich vocal harmonies of cellist Heather Broderick and violinist Nathan Crockett. (The latter even broke out a singing saw for "Heathen's Kiss.") The group showed up amid a good deal of bustle at NPR — This American Life host Ira Glass was giving presentations throughout the building for much of the day — but it took about 30 seconds for the trio to command the rapt attention of those lucky and motivated enough to skip an extra 20 minutes of work.