Folk/Country

PREMIERE: Charlie and the Rays evoke folk's political tradition on "There Goes My Baby,"

The opening drums of “There Goes My Baby” immediately bring to mind the vintage R&B of the 1960s — its initial rim accent sounds like the introduction to a Motown hit of yesteryear — but the track’s lyrical content couldn’t more contemporary. Such classic influences infused with extremely contemporary subject matter is the calling card of indie folk Brooklyn duo Charlie and the Rays, whose sunny, harmony-filled songwriting and acoustic-centered output belies the seriousness of this single. Inspired by America’s “lack of gun laws and failed mental health and healthcare systems,” and the fact that public schools are often in the crosshairs of violence bread by these two failures, the band’s choice to rebel against senseless violence in the form of a song characterized by bright, poppy vox, metaphor-laden lyrics, and noodling electric guitar lines interwoven among syncopated strumming recalls Paul Simon’s early work, demonstrating mellifluous, politically-charged craftsmanship that’s never heavy-handed. Listen to our premiere below, and catch the band at Muchmore's on April 24th.

   

From the Submissions: Dan Miraldi's "Just Thought You Should Know"

It’s easy to lose oneself in the forlorn music of folk songwriter Dan Miraldi — his minimalist guitar arpeggios, soothing baritone register, and penchant for reverb-laden backing vocals create a listening experience that’s as self-reflective as his lyricism. Latest offering “Just Thought You Should Know” is Miraldi at his most accessibly plainspoken, offering honeyed melodies and a simple-yet-thoughtful approach to the singer-songwriter genre that eschews the extraneous: just a man, a guitar, and a story to tell. Such a barebones approach combined with his ability to render sorrow sweetly makes his music perfect for fans of Jason Isbell or James Taylor — give it a stream below if you’re in need of some meditative self-care, and keep an eye out for his forthcoming EP Mood Music For Introverts out March 6th.

   

Folk/Country

Time: 
07:00
Band name: 
Natalie Gelman
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/NatalieGelmanMusic
Venue name: 
Rockwood Music Hall
   

Jeff Lescher @ Gman Tavern (3/7)

Last year saw the release of Green's frontman Jeff Lescher's debut solo album, All Is Grace. The album spanned genre's as diverse as punk, country, and acoustic folk.

Lescher is playing several shows this Spring in Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee. 

You can catch Jeff Lescher on March 7th at Gman Tavern with The Joy Poppers.

   

Folk/Country

Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Eugene Tyler Band
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
facebook.com/eugenetylerband
Venue name: 
Rockwood Music HAll