Folk/Country

Lady Lazarus’ “I Know What it Feels Like” video

Santa Cruz-based Lady Lazarus just released her single “I Know What it Feels Like” and it is a mystical, gentle journey. The accompanying video is mesmerizing and almost nerve-wracking in a “what’s about to happen” type of way. It’s dreamy folk pop, with quiet keys and vocals and a touch of that warm synth feel. She’s playing Hotel Utah on August 14 and you should join the night. Hypnotize yourself with her video then come feel the happy daze at her next show. - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor 

   

The Wolff Sisters release vivid new single, play The Barn 08.03

The Wolff Sisters serve their folk music with a bluesy glaze that brings out the unique flavor of their storytelling. Using vivid imagery, leading basslines, and brilliant acoustic guitar strings Rebecca, Rachael, and Kat Wolff compose tunes rooted in New England’s folk culture. In the group’s latest single “Drive” the steady drumbeat and embellishing electric guitar riffs accompany a sentient vocal delivery that evokes images of nature and a rebellious love. The single is a preview of the group’s upcoming fall album Queendom of Nothing. The Boston-based sisters have a show upcoming at The Barn in Chaplin, Connecticut on August 3rd. We are streaming “Drive” for your listening pleasure below. - Rene Cobar

   

Sad Brad Smith to release Sweet Dreams

Sad Brad Smith (aka Bradley Grant Smith) is returning this Friday, August 2nd with a new album, his first since 2014, called Sweet Dreams. Smith has released two singles from the stripped down acoustic affair, “The Citizen” and “Citizen Two”.

Both tracks demonstrate Smith’s ability to tell a story with words while setting the tone with his guitar.

   

Throwin' Bo's brings Max Gardener, Half Stack, Chelsea Rose & Easy Love

This Friday August 2, the Milk Bar is the lucky host of another Throwin’ Bo’s night. Those boys sure know how to put a bill together. The night will feature a couple of Bay Area favorites and some sweet LA gems. From the Area we have Half Stack, those fun and funny folk music folks that know how to tickle a guitar. There’s Max Gardener, whose gentle dreamy bedroom folk will make you bat your lashes and tap your fingers. Tied for best former Summer Twin we have Chelsea Rose with a true and lovely voice and delightful presence--see video demonstration below--and Easy Love, that 60's inspired indie pop that hits just the right spot. Me oh man, what a night! – Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

   

Gold Child releases single "Undertow," announce debut LP, plays Baby's tonight

"Been disconnected / everything's feeling so hectic," Emily Fehler muses, just within seconds of the song's start. "Undertow" is the beginning of a tellingly honest vignette by a clever, talented musician. Under her Gold Child stage name, Emily has had her share of recognition with mentions from Rolling Stone (Top 200), NPR (Best New Music), Refinery29 (a media outlet which often focuses on artists empowering women), and Brooklyn Vegan. With its warm aura blending country and dreampop, the song is at once disarming and pleasant in its nostalgic overtones, with the dark folk elements bringing to mind powerful singer/songwriters like Angel Olsen or Neko Case.

The country-influenced instrumentation has been a driving force in developing her music since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2012(She's a self-professed student of country music's golden era with a slight obsession with Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris). That, plus the lyrical content in "Undertow," paints a picture of a musician interested in taking American roots music to new places and the courage to face any personal demons she gets dealt by life - in this single's case, a problem with anxiety: "Gotta get to the right time and place someday," leads to the chorus that carries Gold Child's message: "So emotional / lost all my control / slipping in slow motion down this waterfall / stuck in the undertow." 

With tonight's show at Baby's All Right, Emily Fehler will have her chance to share long-awaited material. Additonally the self-titled debut album, will be released digitally on Friday, August 9th. - Susan Moon