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Bowerbirds

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  • Formed: Raleigh, NC
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Group Members: Phil Moore Orchestra
  • Website: http://www.bowerbirds.org/
  • Recent Activity: 02.11.17 All proceeds from our web-store through this weekend will be donated to the @ncnaacp and ACLU as part of #MoralMusicNC.
  • Bowerbirds

    Bowerbirds: Beth Tacular and Phil Moore, North Carolina, November 2011. ..Photo by D.L. Anderson
  • Bowerbirds

    Bowerbirds: Beth Tacular and Phil Moore, North Carolina, November 2011. ..Photo by D.L. Anderson
  • Bowerbirds

    Bowerbirds: Beth Tacular and Phil Moore, North Carolina, November 2011. Photo by D.L. Anderson

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Biography All Music Guide

Group Members: Phil Moore Orchestra

All Music Guide:

The Bowerbirds sit on the dividing line between the freak folk contingent led by Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom and the more straightforward sunshine pop of Lavender Diamond: for all the self-conscious quirkiness of their lineup and instrumentation, there's an unfeigned positivity to their music that's refreshingly direct. The roots of the Bowerbirds lie in the Raleigh, NC, indie rock trio Ticonderoga, who were led by singer and guitarist Phil Moore. During the recording of the trio's second album, 2005's The Heilig Levine LP, Moore took a job tracking birds for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, which involved living in a cabin in the Carolina woods, far from civilization. Moore's girlfriend, a visual artist named Beth Tacular (born Beth Salmon) joined him in the cabin to work on her painting; at night, Moore began writing songs influenced by the couple's rustic, natural surroundings. When Ticonderoga split up on tour supporting their second album, Moore and Tacular started their own band, the Bowerbirds, with Tacular teaching herself how to play the accordion and acquiring a marching band-style bass drum to keep rudimentary time. In this stripped-down incarnation, the Bowerbirds recorded a six-song EP, Danger at Sea, in 2006. Drafting producer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Paulson to flesh out the duo's sound, the Bowerbirds released their debut full-length, Hymns for a Dark Horse, on the new indie label Burly Time Records in 2007. The band's sophomore outing, Upper Air, arrived in 2009, followed by Clearing in 2012.

eMusic Features

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Jukebox Jury: Bowerbirds

By Ashley Melzer, Contributor

In 2005, Bowerbirds - Phil Moore and Beth Tacular - wrote their first songs while squatting in an abandoned schoolhouse in South Carolina. Two years later, they released Hymns for a Dark Horse, their debut full length, and moved to rural North Carolina. Their new digs, a small silver Airstream without running water, gave them a place to hang their hat when not touring "like crazies," or recording their follow-up, Upper Air. It also put… more »

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New This Week: The Men, Jenny Scheinman & More

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

New ones from The Men, Jenny Scheinman and more this week. Let's get to it. The Men, Open Your Heart: Here it is. People, if you only download one record today, make sure this is it. Big, loud, roaring rock & roll that ricochets between scuzzy garage, roughed-up punk and lovely, laid-back country with equal aplomb. Needless to say, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Here's eMusic's Austin L. Ray with more: The album is divided roughly into three categories: rockers… more »

Activity

  • 02.11.17 All proceeds from our web-store through this weekend will be donated to the @ncnaacp and ACLU as part of #MoralMusicNC.
  • 02.04.17 The world is wild & weird right now. We're thrilled to utilize our talents to help some amazing groups who are figh… https://t.co/3CwpvaKtLP
  • 01.13.17 There are big changes happing in the world & this is no time to be silent. There's new music coming, stay tuned... https://t.co/2I25NgUU5g
  • 09.08.16 Phil will be playing new Bowerbirds songs at these rare solo shows with our friends @mountain_goats in December https://t.co/kjmjrFb0NN
  • 07.01.16 RT @tuskhamusic: Made a video w @snackelise for First Date and so excited to share it with y'all!! https://t.co/q38s7Eq5Us https://t.co/3pk…
  • 05.27.16 RT @tuskhamusic: Check out https://t.co/QTnsClQHw2 to stream or download the new TUSKHA record & see all of our upcoming tour dates! https:…
  • 05.25.16 Tuskha (Phil from Bowerbirds) released debut LP (stream it), touring with Wye Oak & other dates https://t.co/ZxoUx7CL0I @brooklynvegan
  • 05.24.16 Hey friends, very excited to share my new music with you all. ❤️ https://t.co/r6LIgbr2pw
  • 05.09.16 RT @tuskhamusic: So stoked to be a part of this @hopscotchfest line-up! https://t.co/A8LWdXkPCH
  • 04.23.16 RT @tuskhamusic: This guy can't quit his day job? @usa #weirdpriorities https://t.co/M7g4nim7vY
  • 04.23.16 RT @TreeHugger: Data show that distracted walking is a non-issue and isn't growing https://t.co/GwG7xwJ1z2 https://t.co/H4bf2QGW7A
  • 04.23.16 RT @tuskhamusic: @RenewableChoice best of nc! https://t.co/4JpBN6PxBs