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With a New Album, Yellowbirds Play Mercury Lounge Tomorrow

August 22nd, 2013

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Sam Cohen is a talented, busy dude. In Boston, where the Houston native attended the famed Berklee College of Music, he formed the psychedelic-rock trio Apollo Sunshine. That would’ve been enough for some musicians. But Cohen is also a sideman in demand, appearing on albums for Shakira and Norah Jones, among others. That, too, would’ve been enough for some musicians. But not Cohen. No, he decided to go it alone with the solo project Yellowbirds in 2009. Filled with what Rolling Stone calls a mix of “rock, folk and weird bits of R&B filtered through a psychedelic lens,” the full-length The Color came out in 2011. Cohen toured in support of the album with drummer Brian Kantor, bassist Annie Nero and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman, and Yellowbirds (above, performing “Julian” for BreakThru Radio) blossomed into a four-piece. Their follow-up, Songs from the Vanished Frontier (stream it below) has a bigger full-band sound and you can hear it tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.