Oliver the Crow – Self-Titled Self-released -out June 22 3 / 5   We brimmed with excitement at the Civil Wars-inspired Nashville duo Oliver the Crow. Kaitlyn Raitz and Ben Plotnick trade cello and violin riffs respectively, and weave their vocals throughout their confident self-released folker of a debut, and we greatly enjoyed picking this album up. Their instrumentation is very barebones, their vocals simple, and their sound sparse; they make a lot with very little. But the proof of the pudding: while we enjoyed playing their self-titled a few times, we eventually found ourselves trailing off and listening to other new releases of thisRead More →

The Loft, Portsmouth, NH. Sun. 6-10-18, Doors 7pm. $15. The Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA. Fri. 6-15-18, Doors 8pm. $17 adv., $19 day of show.* Great Scott, Allston, MA. Sat. 6-16-18, Doors 8:30 pm. $15.* *opening for River Whyless   This is something special. Jalen N’Gonda is a soul/R&B singer with a silvery pure voice. Perhaps his parents knew this before he was born, and chose the appropriate birthplace of Silver Spring, MD. In either case, N’Gonda has one of those voices that you listen to once, and can’t stop hearing thereafter; we mention him at our review of the Newport FolkRead More →

Chris Crofton –¬†Hello It’s Me Arrowhawk Records -out June 22 2.5 / 5   Nashville’s macabre comedian Chris Crofton fights through alcoholism and the loss of a relationship in¬†Hello It’s Me, a smattering of laid-back rock tracks centered around his newfound sobriety. Coming through the other side of a life change has given Crofton a soft, earnest sound and desire to share his insight, and a handful of mainstream musicians have come together to support him: Jim James’ guitar is here, as well as Matt Myers from Houndmouth, among several others. There is something here, certainly, but unfortunately, there isn’t enough to meet up toRead More →