Big Thief is a four-piece rock band from Brooklyn, New York who we stumbled upon at SXSW in Austin, TX. For most of our staff, they were the surprise of the festival, so we jumped at the opportunity to record an in-studio session with them in Portland just a week later.

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Thankfully, our memories weren’t foggy. Big Thief performed an entertaining set of beautifully off-kilter songs in the OPB studios and immediately reminded us why they just might be one of the best new bands in America.

Big Thief’s debut album, Masterpiece, comes out on May 27th from Saddle Creek Records, the Omaha-based imprint that knows a thing or two about folk-tinged indie rock bands (Bright Eyes, Hop Along, and Rilo Kiley).