Staff pick: Blind Pilot at the Newport

Chris DeVille, Columbus Alive

"We Are the Tide" sounds like a chant you might hear echoing from the student body at an Alabama football game, but it's actually the latest album from Blind Pilot, the gorgeous Portland chamber pop combo that's headlining the Newport this Monday. And though the songs are gentler and more elegant than stadium cheers, they stir up similar levels of emotional stimulation. There is more grace and beauty in this music than your average hipster folkie cartel can conjure. They aren't the greatest band in America, but you don't have to be the greatest to end up on top - just ask Alabama.

Newport Music Hall

7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6

1722 N. High St.