Smart Bets: Lost in the Trees

In the fall of 2010, NPR's Bob Boilen called Chapel Hill's Lost in the Trees his "favorite new band of 2010." Asheville had already discovered the group more than a year earlier, during a summer '09 show at BoBo Gallery in which the sprawling band (maybe six members at the time) spilled first into the crowd and then into the street, bringing the audience along, Pied Piper-like, for a moonlit dance party. When the band's self-released album, All Alone in an Empty House, was rereleased on ANTI and then became a super-big-deal, we weren't surprised. The only shocker here is that it's taken nearly three years to get the group, led by singer-songwriter Ari Picker, back to Asheville. Touring in support of this year's A Church That Fits Our Needs, Lost in the Trees plays the Grey Eagle on Wednesday, June 27. Daytona opens the 9 p.m. show. $10. http://www.thegreyeagle.com. Photo by by Annalee Harkins.

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