We’ve been grooving hard to the soulful power-vocals of Lake Street Dive’s Rachael Price (third from left) for the past two weeks. With their new album, Bad Self Portraits due out in a couple weeks, we realized how much we wanted to get on the ground floor with this crew – even though it’s probably pretty hairy business to do so (see barbershop pic – look, a funny!). Their album seems well-positioned to propel the self-described dive-bar quartet onto the larger music radar, with recognition from Rolling Stone and The New York Daily News. The non-barbershop quartet, with members hailing from Nashville to Iowa, isRead More →

Wed. 11-5-13, Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI. Doors @ 7p. $12 Thurs. 11-6-13, Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA. Doors @ 8. $12-14 Fri. 11-7-13, Calvin Theatre. With Mavis Staples. Northampton, MA. Doors @ 7. $25-45   She comes like a high-flying bolt of sexual rock energy. Situated in Portland, OR, Sallie Ford and her Sound Outside hit the road for their acclaimed second album, Untamed Beast, which is a mish-mash of rock, sex, and mashed potatoes. 26-year old Asheville, NC native Ms. Ford touched base with us via email to converse with us about Savador Dali, Billie Holiday, and Britney Spears. (L to R: Ford Tennis (29),Read More →

(L to R, copyright Jose Mandojana: Tim Wilson, Ryan Carbary, Tim Kim, Pete Wilson) It’s all acoustic. And with Ivan and Alyosha, that’s all they need: the foursome from Seattle take wing upon crisp guitars, soulful harmonies, and general good feeling. With some good press on their side, we’re feeling that their current Fathers Be Kind EP portends a similarly stunning debut full-length, due out early next year. Be sure to catch them in Allston, MA at Great Scott (11-30-11, doors at 9p), as it seems likely they’ll need to try their new material on the crowd. Tim Wilson and co. trek through the ruggedRead More →

For a little Rhode Island pair, Brown Bird is doing well. Having opened for fellow Providence Americana band The Low Anthem, Connecticut’s 26 year-old MorganEve Swain (left – just kidding!) and the 33 year-old Illinois native David Lamb (actual left) are, as they say, in it to win it. As part of Sunday’s lineup at the Newport Folk Festival (www.newportfolkfest.net – sorry, tickets are sold out!), the gritty, down-the-river folk duo will display their chops in anticipation of their new album, October’s “Salt for Salt,” on the Harbor Stage. But, if you’re really dying for a sense of Lamb’s emotive vocals (and Swain’s great backing),Read More →