Megafaun, comprised of brothers Brad and Phil Cook and Joe Westerlund- were previously in the band DeYarmond Edison with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. They celebrate the joys of shaky foundations, creating ingeniously ramshackle folk rock that combines acoustic instruments and mountain harmonies with obtuse sound collages, meandering song structures, and abstract passages featuring the most psychedelic banjo imaginable. Megafaun's songs change shape constantly-- a thrillingly mercurial quality that makes their latest album, Gather, Form & Fly a headily absorbing, occasionally unsettling listen. Despite their musical wanderlust, the trio remain firmly rooted in the Appalachian foothills, enamored with folk traditions and pastoral airs.
Opening the evening is Sam Quinn (above) of the everybodyfields, who is committed to lower case letters, and has a new solo album, the fake that sunk a thousand ships.
Josiah Wolf (of Why?), The Chocolate Horse- Thursday, June 17th 10PM Iron Horse
WHY? drummer Josiah Wolf (above) is the older brother of Yoni Wolf, WHY?'s frontman. This March Josiah stepped out from behind his younger brother's shadow with Anticon, his first solo album of twisted-up psych-pop. Josiah plays all the instruments on the album, but there's no sibling rivalry here; brother Yoni mixed the disc. The album pays close attention to an important element: drums. They double with the rhythm of a manic acoustic strum providing a jolt of nervous energy mixed with long, held vocal notes and languid guitar slides; a weightless, dreamlike trifle. But dreams aren't all fluffy clouds and good vibes; they can turn on a dime into something absurd or frightening. Really nailing that confused and drifting sensation is easier said than done, and few that try pay attention to the details the way Wolf does.
Begun by Jason Snell (guitar, vocals, banjo) as a “modest side project” in 2005, Midwestern six-piece The Chocolate Horse (above), is like a glass of whiskey that calmly sings its way through your veins. In an electrifying Tom Waits meets the Flaming Lips moment, the group’s most recent album “We Don’t Stand on Ceremony” is more diversely painted with instruments like the banjo, French horn, flute, upright bass, drums, and piano, as well as some electronic weirdness courtesy of the group’s Fun Machine organ and bowed saw.
Samantha Crain, Truth and Salvage Co., Haunt (Matt Hebert)- Sunday, June 20th 7PM Iron Horse
Samantha Crain (above) is an
Truth & Salvage Co. (above) come from all over the
With a sound and a voice reminiscent of early 1970s singer-songwriter Nick Drake, Sam Amidon's (above) delicate, acoustic musings classify him as a member of what The Sunday Times calls the recent "folk revival." Hailing from
David Wax's circuitous journey to and from the back roads of Mexico has inspired The David Wax Museum’s lively fusion of traditional Mexican and American folk music. With its heart-wrenching harmonies, poignant lyrics, and rooted
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