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Folk-pop band Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps to perform free concerts

April 17, 2012
 Caroline Smith
Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps
EAU CLAIRE — Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps will play three free concerts April 27-28 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Minneapolis folk-pop band will perform in The Cabin, the Davies Center coffeehouse, at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. April 27 and at 8 p.m. April 28.

Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps headlined at Minneapolis' legendary First Avenue April 7, celebrating the release of the group's sophomore album, "Little Wind," with a sold-out show. The album expands on the storytelling whimsy of the band's debut LP, "Backyard Tent Set" (2008), shifting from gentle folk instrumentation to a soundscape rooted in modern indie rock. The songs continue to be characterized by endearing pop melodies, defined by Caroline Smith's alto timbre.

"'Little Wind' is a satisfying album, one that shows marked growth since its predecessor without losing touch with any of the band's precocious energy or youthful joie de vivre," wrote City Pages.

Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps began in 2006, with just Caroline Smith as an 18-year-old songwriter who earned her place in the Midwest music community. She began her career with a residency at Minneapolis' 400 Bar, a venue pivotal in shaping the careers of Elliott Smith, Conor Oberst and local hero Mason Jennings. A year later, Caroline befriended drummer Arlen Peiffer (Cloud Cult), bassist Jesse Schuster, and multi-instrumentalist David Earl and they joined forces to support Smith's folk tunes as the Good Night Sleeps. The band's new album was recorded at the Terrarium in Minneapolis with Jason Orris (Polara, Happy Apple, Haley Bonar) and was mixed by Tom Herbers (Low, Dark Dark Dark, Andrew Bird).

Cabin performances are free and open to all ages. Soft drinks, domestic and imported beer, specialty coffee drinks and tea are sold at all evening programs. Proof of age is required for alcohol purchases.

All performances are produced and managed by student members of The Cabin committee of the Student Senate's University Activities Commission. For a complete schedule, contact the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office, 715-836-4833, or visit The Cabin website.

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