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Gig Alert: Chris Bathgate

Friday, June 10, 2011

Chris Bathgate
“No Silver”
Playing Friday night at The Rock Shop
(249 4th Avenue, Park Slope)
Info: Tickets ($10) | Directions

Coming out of the small but stellar Michigan folk scene, Chris Bathgate has inspired comparisons to fellow contemporary folk artists like Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine and Damien Jurado. Based in Pinckney, Michigan, the 29-year old singer/songwriter has recently released his fourth full length album, Salt Year.

The collection of somber and reflective tracks, Bathgate explained, were born out of a period of personal tumult. "These songs are the battle cry for that time," he said, "and recording them was a painful and joyful experience." The song “No Silver” features Bathgate’s keen cues for smooth collective rhythms over sprawling instrumentation.

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