Bowerbirds are an American folk band, formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2006. The group comprises Phil Moore, Beth Tacular, and Mark Paulson. Their sound has been described as "the dividing line between the freak folk contingent led by Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom and the more straightforward sunshine pop of Lavender Diamond."

Hymns for a Dark Horse, their debut album, focuses on the thesis that the earth is a sacred place with merit beyond us, and that humans are just visitors here. Its contrapuntal harmonies document a moment in the life of the songwriter and the life of the band – Beth Tacular and Phil Moore living in an airstream in rural North Carolina, building a cabin of reclaimed boards by hand in the woods. Not protest songs, per se, they have the wry anger of a "Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll." The songs are interconnected, both musically and thematically.

Their second album, Upper Air, was released July 7, 2009.

Calvin Performances

  • with Joanna Newsom
    Fri, Mar 12; 8pm, Chapel
    $20 public; $10 w/ Calvin ID