Smart bets: Lord Huron

There is no real-life Lord Huron for whom the LA-based band was named, though the character seems most summed up by the haunting and mist-shrouded song “The Ghost on the Shore” from the band’s 2012 release, Lonesome Dreams. But as much as the project was a concept album — a series of tracks inspired by frontman Ben Schneider’s childhood memories of summers spent on Lake Huron — the band itself is an imaginative and cinematic narrative developed by Schneider, a visual-artist-turned-musician. The band’s new album, Strange Trails, though departed from the lake shore, is equally tormented and storied. Imaginary characters rise from the dead and wander dark soundscapes. There are also desperados and hallucinating rockabillies. “I wanted this to feel sort of like an origin story from a comic book,” Schneider told NPR about the track “World Enders.” Lord Huron performs at The Orange Peel Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. Son Little opens. $18/$20. Photo by Josh Sanseri


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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