Folk/Country

Singer/Songwriter Kira Metcalf plays Elsehwere on July 24

In her blend of folk and pop Brooklyn-based artist Kira Metcalf mixes poetry with a variety of genres. Listening to her new LP Indelicate, this young talent writes songs about women's experiences with the self-assuredness of a seasoned performer and an enviable introspective quality. Opening track "I Had a Head," is an acappella number that is as satisfying for its harmonizations as it is for Metcalf's voice. "Thornbird" is an unexpected change in style, in part reminiscent of rock songwriters of 90's like The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan or - more recently - Paramore's Hayley Williams. 

Her new music video for "Lily" is equally poignant, showcasing Kira's keenness to investigate moments that escape most of us. The line, "to have what I crave feels like a trick" is the song's takeaway and the perfect summary of a personality that enjoys intellectual and lyrical reflection over... simple enjoyment. Kira Metcalf will perform live at Elsewhere's Zone One on July 24th. - Susan Moon

 

 

   

Bluegrass artist Billy Strings releases "Taking Water" from upcoming sophomore album

Billy Strings has released "Taking Water", his first single from his upcoming sophomore album HOME, set to come out on September 27th. While Michigan-born Strings' acoustic-heavy sound remains undeniably bluegrass -- complete with accompaniment from the banjo, fiddles, and bass -- he finds ways to add in hints of punk, ambient, and psych rock to his tunes. It results in a gripping country sound that makes a song like "Taking Water" a breathtaking listen. Strings will hit the road this month on a nationwide tour supporting the release of HOME; catch him in Nashville when he returns for a show on September 11th at Americanafest. Take a listen to "Taking Water" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Giant in the Lighthouse releases ambient EP "Waving," plays ONCE 07.22

Giant in the Lighthouse suggests with its music a world separate from the hustle and bustle of everyday life: the duo from Lowell, Massachusetts composes songs that one can lose themselves to with ease. Smooth vocals and ambient sounds soothe the listener away from worries while hints of alt-folk music add color and indie-rock breakdowns complete the escape. The group draws influences from bands like Tokyo Police Club and Youth Lagoon to craft its rich and easy-listening sound. The band’s latest record Waving showcases its smooth transitions from ambient folk music to vivid alt-rock. Giant in the Lighthouse will be performing at ONCE in Somerville on July 22nd. We are streaming “Sprinting” from the new EP below. - Rene Cobar

   

New Kerin Maguire LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Singer-songwriter Kerin Maguire recently shared her new LP Places. Subtle instrumentation shines a light on the earnest, introspective lyricism. Hovering the threshold between memories and chronicling current moments, the recordings possess a dreamy, intimate quality. It’s a thoughtfully charming, resonating collection of songs.

   

King Corduroy drops music video for Americana track "Workin' for a Livin"

Americana artist King Corduroy will release his new EP Avalon Ave. on August 16th; to preview the drop, he's released the single "Workin' for a Livin", along with its music video. A little rootsy and swampy, "Workin' for a Livin" mixes a little Texas blues and Southern rock with sounds from the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans' French Quarter. For the better part of the past decade, King Corduroy has written songs that reflect the world around him, and "Workin' for a Livin" helps to tell the stories of people doing whatever it takes to get by in the somewhat unstable world we live in today. Take a look at the music video for the single, which features little clips of people on the job doing what they can to survive. - Will Sisskind