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Let Tor Miller Take You to Church Tonight at Mercury Lounge

June 5th, 2015

Thanks to his parents, native New Yorker Tor Miller grew up with a keen appreciation for classic rock, like David Bowie, Elton John and Fleetwood Mac. And after taking up the piano as a kid, Miller (above, performing “Headlights” live for Radio Woodstock) began singing and writing original material. Eventually he headed to NYU to study music. But Miller spent so much time working on songs in his dorm’s basement and performing at local clubs that he eventually ended up leaving school. The upside was that thanks to the buzz he’d generated, the smooth-voiced singer-songwriter signed with Glassnote Records. His debut EP, the terrific four-track Headlights (stream it below), arrived earlier this year. And in heaping him with praise, the Guardian said, “there’s a real take-me-to-church quality to his tone.” See for yourself at tonight’s early show at Mercury Lounge. Brooklyn piano-and-violin duo Gracie and Rachel open.