Music: The Pines play The Ark on Wednesday


The Pines, called “Quietly gripping” by Rift, will hit the stage at The Ark on Wednesday, June 14. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15.

The band combines elements of roots, blues, and rock music to create a compellingly raw and haunting sound.
The Midwest is to The Pines what Monument Valley was to filmmaker John Ford. The flat, endless expanses of the band’s native Iowa are at once the settings of, characters in, and the muse behind their songs.

The son of Greg Brown producer and sideman Bo Ramsey, Benson was reared on folk and blues music and continues to let those influences shine, even on louder electric songs.

David also has a deep love for traditional music, and together the two of them craft music that evokes the ancient while incorporating newer rock and pop grooves that led the Onion (in all seriousness) to call the duo “the Twin Cities’ answer to Calexico.”

The Pines create timeless music that is hip and relevant yet evokes century-old ghosts. They come to town with a new release, “Pasture II.”


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