Merge recording artists Wye Oak. Andy Stack & Jenn Wasner. Photo by Dan Stack

Mr. Small’s Theatre

May 2
Doors open at 7 p.m.

The wistful indie folk of Baltimore-based duo Wye Oak will provide the perfect spring soundtrack as they fill Mr. Small‘s former church interiors with their highly personal and thoughtfully crafted songs. The band’s current US tour comes in support of its new album Shriek, set for release this week on powerhouse independent music label, Merge Records. Engineered and co-produced by Nicolas Vernhes of Brooklyn-based Rare Book Room, the 10-song album mark’s Wye Oak’s fourth full-length and provides a showcase for new approaches to songwriting and arrangements.

Featuring Jenn Wasner on vocals and guitars and Andy Stack on drums, keyboards and backing vocals, the duo first formed under the moniker Monarch 2006. Reborn as Wye Oak–a nod to the former state tree of their shared Maryland home–the pair self-released their debut album, If Children, in 2007.

The band’s earnest indie folk rock has garnered praise from music media such as Pitchfork, Dusted and NPR. The pair has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, has toured with Okkervil River, Yo La Tengo and The National, and has lent their music to episodes of The Walking Dead and Being Human.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...