The Last Bison, a band that came out of Virginia in 2012, have a new tune for you. “Bad Country,” is the lead-off track from the bands’ new album VA (out September 30th). Their debut album with NPR dubbed, “Classical influenced southern folk rock,” but since then things have changed, perhaps for the better.
To capture the sounds on VA, The Last Bison spent many days in an old A-frame cabin on the outskirts of the Great Dismal Swamp, near the band’s home in Chesapeake, VA. Out came a new sound – filled with booming drums and a renewed energy. Additionally, they’ve pick up the anthemic sound found in many of the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons songs, which I’m not a huge fan of, but I support these guys.
You can also check out The Last Bison on a big tour in support of of the release, which kicks off toward the end of September (all dates below).
Blake Mills’s new track, “Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me,” is beautiful song to get utterly lost in. Singer/songwriter Blake Mills collaborates often with Fiona Apple and Apple sings on this new single with Jon Brion. Apple sings background and Brion plays tiple. I can’t speak highly enough about – it’s a folk-rock tune that meshes expertly with the prettiness of singer-songwriter tunes – with exceptional lyrics.
Blake’s new album, Heigh Ho, is out September 16th via Verve / Record Collection which features Don Was, Jim Keltner, Tony Berg, Benmont Tench, Mike Elizondo, and Griffen Goldsmith. Listen below.
Do you feel it in the air a la the Newport Folk picture above? Folk is back with a vengeance (and it’s awesome!). There’s an explosion of folk shows in Boston, happening on Friday, August 22nd so if you have the ability to apparate, here are the five shows you should go to in no particular order.
Redbird at Club Passim | 8pm | $35: This is the most expensive show on the list because this stuff is cool. Redbird is Kris Delmhorst, Jeffery Foucault, Peter Mulvey with David Goodrich. They have recorded some albums and according to their bio, “convene occasionally on stages around the country and overseas to trade songs, jokes, and instruments around a few microphone,” this is third night and considering how intimate Club Passim is, sure to be a lovely time.
I’ve falling in love with a New York City band called Morningsiders that just has it all going on. There’s an it-factor sound about them, the kind you want to just scream from the rooftops or in this case, write about on your small music blog. A young folk-indie-pop band out of NYC, they recently-ish released track, “Empress,” and performed at Sofar Sounds NYC AND they are playing Cafe 939 on 10/10. So what I meant to say is a very busy young folk-indie-pop band out of NYC.
Magnus Ferguson is lead vocals and guitar man of Morningsiders – I’d like to say that I absolutely adore your name. Is this real? Please tell me! Reid Jenkins, Rob Frech, and Sam Sugerman join him. Their new-ish track “Empress,” features a beautiful addictive piano melody, the clapping beat you’ve come to know (and secretly love) on great indie songs, sing-a-long loudly in your bedroom vocals (new technical term). Their music isn’t all catchy indie-bips and bops, another track recently released, “Welcome Rain,” a slower more intense track featuring a killer violin backing.
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As many of you probably don’t remember in February I did a feature on Thomas John Cadrin in February whilst he was living in the boondocks of Vermont, living off the land and creating some beautiful music. Well, some things have changed – he’s moved to Boston, is living off the cement but he’s also still creating some beautiful music. Lately, he’s released an EP, Play The Room, which Cadrin says “simply put, this is me in a room playing some of my songs,” but this Friday, it’s not so simple anymore.
On Friday, August 22nd, Thomas John Cadrin will make his full bad debut at Middle East Downstairs.
“Boston based percussive jazz/rock singer-songwriter Thomas John Cadrin will be debuting a three-piece band on Friday, August 22nd @ The Middle East Downstairs (Cambridge, MA). After spending years crafting an energetic solo acoustic performance, including the incorporation of a narrative play, this new band is a grand departure and will highlight Cadrin’s stronghold in rhythm and rock. Andrew Nault will join on drums, supported by Colin Dinnie on bass.
Most recently playing alongside the likes of Tall Heights (United For Opportunity), The Soil & The Sun (The Agency Group) and Caroline Rose (Thirty Tigers/High Road), Cadrin has been receiving notoriety around his theatrical play performances, where he begins the evening by reciting a soliloquy that frames his musical set into a linear narrative. His 2013 release, Play The Room, was recorded in live one-takes the night before a sold out show at Great Scott (Allston, MA) with The Ballroom Thieves (New Frontier). The press play & record method emphasized the actual performance of the songs and Cadrin’s unique composition and playing style.
The evening will feature plenty of Boston talent to round out the bill, Jesse Hanson & The Foundation, AJ Edwards & The List, Red Tin Box and Big Bad Wolf.”