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July 11, 2020
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Laura Marling is back in the states for two small shows to prep for the release of Alas I Cannot Swim in August. She played yesterday at Glasslands and will play again tomorrow at Mercury Lounge.
Laura Marling, while only eighteen (born in 1990!), easily grasps the pains and sorrows of heartbreak and channels them through a long history of British folk music into an album that is far beyond her years. Maybe her youth is what allows her to take these dark feelings and tie a pretty white bow around them. She dresses up her sad lyrics with an innocent voice and beautiful folk instrumentation that yields a warm feeling when the music stops.
Anyway, these songs are too well crafted for you not to like them. I have yet to see her live but her album Alas I Cannot Swim is easily in my top five of 2008 midway through the year.
After The Jump was a success. Over forty bands played and a good crowd was there for all of it. Props to anybody who was there for the full 15 hours of the festival. Check out the photo stream here. Brian took the awesome photo of Pela on the mainstage outside.
Also, tomorrow DJs Finger on the Pulse are have a rooftop BBQ at Studio B and thus calling it Studio BBQ. You can come hangout for free and eat for only $4! Food served from 7-10pm. Click the flyer for a larger view.
Buy your Kate Nash tickets tomorrow at noon. She plays Joe’s Pub on September 25th. Kate Nash is the next hot girl singer out of the UK. She epitomizes anti-folk with her lazy strums on the guitar and lyrics that look dumb on paper but actually sound earnest on record. However, the twist is that she also sings behind a few well-produced beats that flip the whole folk-singer thing on its head.
herman_dune.jpgGo see Herman Düne at Union Hall Thursday. These guys are awesome and should not be overlooked. They are kind of similar to Jens Lekman since they have a bunch of scattered gems on various releases that could combine them in to a fantastic compilation or re-release to give them the bump into the spotlight they deserve. If only they were all EPs.
battles.jpgGo see Battles and Deerhunter at South Street Seaport for free Friday. Math rock. Prog. Noise. Brilliance. Go – this is a killer double header and a great way to round out the summer series. Race in. Race out.
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