By now, is it appropriate to call Birds of Avalon a Raleigh institution? The band’s guitarists, Paul Siler and Cheetie Kumar, co-own (with two other partners) Kings Barcade, Neptune’s Parlour, and the superb restaurant Garland, where Kumar is head chef. Bassist David Mueller, who will play a solo electronic set as TYZVYX on Thursday at Hopscotch, is a stalwart behind the Neptune’s bar. Drummer Scott Nurkin is a well-known muralist whose canvas is the state of North Carolina (RIP Dean Smith). Together, they’ve spent the last eight years crafting wonderfully woozy, 70’s saturated rock that shifts with each new album. Joined by former Love Language keyboardist Missy Thangs and Valient Thorr drummer Jason Aylward, Birds of Avalon are a flock of six now. And after a recent slate of opening slots for North Carolina’s favorite sons Future Islands, the reconfigured lineup has re-energized the band into a whole nother animal.
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