Folk/Country

Ariel Wang to release second single “House Upon a Hill”

This August 3rd at the Starline Social Club, Ariel Wang releases her second single, “House Upon a Hill,” off of her forthcoming album Bridges. The set will feature her string chamber orchestra, The Composer Arranger Performer Orchestra (CAPO). Wang's music has simple folk melodies with an orchestral feel and although the vocals are at times not the strongest component of these songs, they are enveloped by a warm chorus of violins, booming cello and compelling drumlines. Wang’s music feels like the soundtrack to a powerful moment and listening, watching, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed in the right kind of way. Join the band at Starline, where they’ll be opening for Meerna’s album release. - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

 

   

Strangers by Accident celebrates single release tonight at Aeronaut Allston

Keeping New England’s folk-rock history going strong, Strangers by Accident has released a brand new single titled “Clean,” which pushes the limits of the genre in ear-pleasing fashion. The track builds up slowly: soft acoustic guitar strings and ambient vocal harmonies are led by impressive drum patterns toward a sonic cyclone of bass arpeggios and roaring electric guitar chords. The song closes with a front porch type of tranquility that betrays the storm that precedes it and completes the folk and rock ritual the band is fond of practicing. “Clean” is everything a folk-rock aficionado could ask for; the group is sure to play the single this evening at Aeronaut Allston, we are streaming it below for you. - Rene Cobar

   

Milky Maze crafts timeless ethereal folk, plays The Glove 7.12

Maisy McVicar’s music is not of this time, and possibly not of this terrestrial plane. Recording under the project title Milky Maze, she creates haunting, beautiful folk, lyrically reminiscent of turn of the century Dust Bowl music, accentuated by echoing, distant instrumentation that places the final product somewhere between Dave Van Ronk and the Elephant 6 Recording Company. At times on her latest effort, hank, guitars and banjos become so gain-heavy they attain an other-worldly quality, becoming monoliths of sound that, alongside McVicar’s ethereal falsetto, deliver a final product that is both somber and spiritual. It’s necessary listening for fans of experimental folk, and promises a celestial performance at The Glove on July 12th, alongside Joanna Stemberg, Liam Kirby, and Michael. Listen below. -Connor Beckett McInerney

   

Music Blesses America at High Sierra Music Festival

Looking for something fun to do this 4th of July weekend? Do you love you some great mountains majesty, music of all shapes and genres, and food? Beverages? Trees? Camping? We recommend the High Sierra Music Festival for some good ol’ fashioned American purity. From Dispatch to Jim James, Del & Dawg to The New Mastersounds, the festival has something for most musical tastes. It’s like Burning Man but peaceful. Local favorites include Midnight North, Royal Jelly Live, Rainbow Girls, More Fatter and Eric Long. The festival runs from July 4th thru 7th in the lovely Quincy, Ca. We hope to see you there and tell us post-fest: which acts were your highlights? Land of the free, home of some killer music. May music bless America! - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

 

 

   

Kolb's "Making Moves" is eclectic brilliance, plays Mercury Lounge 7.6

Queens-based songwriter Kolb stepped not-so-quietly onto the scene last year with debut release Making Moves, an audaciously experimental effort that blends Bowie-esque vocal delivery with delightfully eclectic (and occasionally campy) instrumentation. With no shortage of out-of-tune toy instruments, unexpected cello lines, and bird calls, Kolb basks in the unexpected and outrageous, his voice endowed by a musical theater quality that, when situated among acoustic guitars and shifting time signatures, creates a vivacious, incredibly fun energy. While Kolb has yet to release a follow-up, the project’s glam-folk vision is unique in the New York scene; stream it below, and catch him at Mercury Lounge on July 6th, supporting Flying Fish Cove. -Connor Beckett McInerney