Folk/Country

Music Video Review: "Spirit Cold" by Tall Heights

In an age of gimmicky music videos, Tall Heights’ beautiful live-performance video of their new track, "Spirit Cold", is as refreshing as a glass of ice water on a hot summer day. In a song both contemplative and hopeful, Paul Wright’s cello is a lovely musical anchor that allows Tim Harrington’s acoustic guitar riffs to dance and soar while remaining as intricately wound as their harmonious duets. The duo will release their latest album, Holding On, Holding Out, in October - see them live at The Sinclair in Cambridge on October 4th.
 

-Glori Blatt
Photo credit: S
hervin Lainez

   

Raise a Glass with Cactus Attack's "100 Proof"

Grab your whiskey and get to pouring - one listen to "100 Proof" by Cactus Attack and you’ll be ready to drown your sorrows, whether you’ve got ‘em or not. This rowdy country-rock band delivers more than a little bit of bite in this growly world-done-me-wrong anthem.  Gritty vocals are given depth thanks to electric guitar riffs writhing with emotion while the emphatic backup vocals, shouted rather than sung, add a rawness that will make you want to raise your glass and say “hell yes!” Cactus Attack is playing the Shaskeen Pub in Manchester on Saturday, September 5th.

-Glori Blatt

Cactus Attack, 100 Proof from David Laferriere on Vimeo.

   

Michael Bang and Andrew Ledform Play 2nd Sunday Concerts at Open Door - 7/12

The Bay Area based musician, Michael Bang will perform live on Sunday, July 12th at the 2nd Sunday Concert Series at Open Door in Richmond. Bang will play with his avant-classical-folk ensemble for ”a hot night of BBQ and ethereal, rock-tinged folk”. You can also check out a live performance by Andrew Ledford of The Tet Holiday at this event.

Just to let you know, you’ll be walking into the United Methodist Church in Richmond because they're responsible for putting on these monthly concerts and they serve BBQ to the the attendees! The acoustics should be amazing so get out and check out something different. We love every music venue in the Bay Area, but we’re never afraid to encourage Bay Area music lovers to mix it up!

   

Get Introspective with The Mallett Brothers' Lights Along the River

It’s not easy to write a song that’s universally relatable without an ounce of cliche, but that’s exactly what Portland, Maine natives The Mallett Brothers Band accomplished on the title track of their fourth studio album, Lights Along The River.  The story of reflection on a long journey home is delivered in layered vocals that rise to a powerful climax, while bluegrass-style instrumentals manage to evoke the feeling of floating down river as clearly as the lyrics themselves. The Mallett Brothers are currently touring New England to promote their new album - find a list of their upcoming shows here: http://www.mallettbrothersband.com/#tour-section

-Glori Blatt
Photo credit: Nicole Wolf Photography


   

Dressed for the Occasion Invite You to "The Devil's Rodeo"

Boston’s favorite road-house rock and roll band, Dressed for the Occasion, transports listeners to a fantastical world “somewhere out in the western desert” in their new single, The Devil’s Rodeo.  Two parts mythic adventure, one part pure escapism, this song hooks you from the first twang of the slide guitar. Lead singer Addison Chase imbues poetic lyrics with equal parts grit and soul and leads listeners down an enthralling rabbit hole, while electric guitarist Pat Hopkins’ explosive riffs dance with the promise of a dangerous adventure. Catch them live at The Middle East Downstairs on Friday, September 4th.

-Glori Blatt