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Saturday music picks: M. Ward and Mount Moriah at Gruene Hall

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 9, 2014

M. Ward and Mount Moriah at Gruene Hall. Portland, Ore., indie rock singer-songwriter M. Ward is probably known as much for his associations as for his own music. There’s She & Him, his duo with actress Zooey Deschanel, and his longstanding membership in the Monsters of Folk supergroup alongside My Morning’s Jim James and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis. On this tour, which curiously bypasses Austin for the Greater Gruene environs, he brings along Merge Records labelmates Mount Moriah, an intriguing indie-folk ensemble from the North Carolina Triangle. $22. 8 p.m. 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels. gruenehall.com. — P.B.

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