Folk/Country

Little Wings releases People LP

Little Wings has been busting out one solid album after another and their newest LP People is no exception. It’s lovely folk, simple plucking and marvelous lyrics that make you feel sad and amused and happy and intrigued and cozy at the same time. Since we’re talking cozy, enjoy this video from 2015 and accept the mystery of Little Wings. Their next show is July 10th at Zebulon in LA. Bless this album, bless this band. - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

   

The Last Great Kings embrace indie-folk in debut LP, play Club Bohemia 08.02

The Last Great Kings invite you to sit back and enjoy the world around you, to the tune of vibrant acoustic guitars strings. The indie-folk trio from Lynn, MA released their debut full-length album Starry Eyed Kids back in January, and it is filled with tunes that highlight the band’s fluid basslines, lively acoustic guitars, and quick-witted drums patterns. Songs like “Wow, That’s a lot of Jet Skis” have the vital story-telling ingredients of folk, that great sing-along vibe that is characteristic of New England’s famous Irish pubs. The group has a style similar to Noah and the Whale, albeit a bit more playful and stripped down. You can catch The Last Great Kings Aug 2nd at Club Bohemia in Cambridge, MA. “Wow, That’s a lot of Jet Skis” is streaming below. - Rene Cobar

   

Bluegrass group Damn Tall Buildings release new single "I'll Be Getting By," play Grey Fox Fest 07.18

Brooklyn-based quartet Damn Tall Buildings is getting ready to release their new album Don’t Look Down on June 7th, the final single “I’ll Be Getting By” is a whole lot of fun. The band is fully committed to the high energy and storytelling of bluegrass music; this is evident in the new single’s bright choruses and swift pace. Each string instrument alternates between playing melody and accompaniment for a layered sound that keeps the listener engaged from start to finish. Damn Tall Buildings' faithful approach to bluegrass follows in the footsteps of groups like Punch Brothers, which have done a fantastic job of leading the genre’s resurgence, with their compositions that bring out the history of American Music's roots. Damn Tall Buildings will be playing the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival up north in Oak Hill, NY on July 18th. “I’ll Be Getting By” is streaming below. - Rene Cobar

   

Folk-rock group Among The Acres release passionate debut record, play The Half Door tonight

Among The Acres aren't your typical New England folk band, they boast an impressive pop/rock magnetism that sets them apart from the flock. The group's debut record Looking In is evidence that this quartet from Hartford, CT focuses on layering their already passionate folk compositions with elements of rock and pop for added attraction. Songs like "Moon on Fire" (streaming) make full use of gorgeous string instrument harmonies that accompanied by a throbbing kick drum and a low but intense vocal melody explode into emotional choruses. Among The Acres add killer electric guitar riffs and shimmering piano notes to many of the album's tracks, which keep the listener pleasantly surprised, and solidify the group's place among folk-rock bands of the moment such as The Lumineers. You can catch Among The Acres playing a hometown show this evening at The Half Door with support from Old Fox. - Rene Cobar

   

Lucy Isabel plays record release show 06.13 at True Music Room

Jersey-born and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lucy Isabel will release her new LP Rambling Stranger on June 14th, with a performance marking the occasion on June 13th at True Music Room at the Cambria Hotel. Isabel's lived in many places throughout her life -- the Jersey Shore, the Pacific Northwest, and now in the South -- and all of her experiences throughout her travels have led her to write the songs on Rambling Stranger. The album has hints of Americana, blues rock, and soul, all molding together to form a powerful heartland sound that channels the feeling of endless exploration, both physical and spiritual. Take a listen to the opener from Rambling Stranger, "How It Goes", below. - Will Sisskind