Melissa Maerz
August 03, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Tripper

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
music label
81101
genre
Indie Rock
We gave it a B+

Spearheading the Sub Pop folk renaissance alongside Fleet Foxes and Blitzen Trapper, the Chicago quartet play the kind of rootsy beard-rock on Tripper that’s beloved by guys in lumberjack shirts. Anchored by singer-guitarist (and Shins bassist) Eric D. Johnson, they pay tribute to mangy coyotes and train-hopping hobos over a lovely ramble-tamble you can tap your bare feet to. ”She should dance if she wants to dance,” sings Johnson on ”So Long.” Whoever she is, she will. B+

Download These:
Vintage-keyboard ballad So Long
Classic-rock boogie You’re Too Weird

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