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The NCMA and Cat’s Cradle present: Big Thief

About the Band’s Latest Album

Thirty miles west of El Paso, Big Thief (a.k.a. Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik, and James Krivchenia) set up their instruments as close together as possible to capture their most important collection of songs yet. The band had only just finished work on their third album, U.F.O.F.—“the celestial twin”—days before in a cabin studio in Washington State. Now it was time to birth U.F.O.F.’s sister album, Two Hands—“the earth twin.”

Anybody who has borne witness to Big Thief in the wild will find songs they recognize here. Many of the album’s tracks (“The Toy,” “Those Girls,” “Shoulders,” “Not,” “Cut My Hair”) have been live staples for years. “Two Hands has the songs that I’m the most proud of; I can imagine myself singing them when I’m old,” says Adrianne. “Musically and lyrically, you can’t break it down much further than this. It’s already bare-bones.”

Lyrically this can be felt in the poetic blur of the internal and external. These are political songs without political language. They explore the collective wounds of our Earth; abstractions of the personal hint at war, environmental destruction, and the traumas that fuel it. With raw power and intimacy, Two Hands folds itself gracefully into Big Thief’s impressive discography.

Big Thief have partnered with PLUS1 to support organizations bringing dignity, equity, and access to communities who need it.

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Please note these updates for 2021: To better serve Museum members and fans, we doubled the number of reserved seats for each concert; all bench seating is now reserved seating, including some seats clearly marked as limited sight line. No outside food or beverage will be permitted in the venue except for factory-sealed water bottles and empty bottles (no glass). Full concessions will be available inside the venue.

Picnic in the Park

Catering Works is pleased to offer a variety of picnic baskets for weekends and for special events at the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park. Baskets require 48–72 hours advance notice to fully accommodate your order.



Sep 22, 2021


8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


From $23 Members From $25 Nonmembers General Admission
For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
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