by Brian Cook
on Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM
(Neptune) Trying to describe the music of Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy) in 2013 is problematic. Throughout his 20-some-odd years of recording, Oldham has always favored a bucolic, warbled, and forlorn take on American underground rock. In his early years, his peers were poetic folk slackers like Silver Jews. In 2013, artists who similarly qualify as both "rustic" and "indie" raise red flags of phony old-timey pap. But c'mon, this is a guy who's recorded with both Johnny Cash and Tortoise; he's a goddamn American icon. And there's no better opener for tonight's concert than Phil Elverum (aka Mount Eerie)—Washington's own prolific and reclusive master of the haunting, lo-fi backwoods ballad.