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Kyle Craft Brings Acclaimed Music to Mercury Lounge Tomorrow

August 10th, 2016

As far as musical descriptions go, you could do a lot worse than AllMusic’s take on Kyle Craft, “a Louisiana-bred singer-songwriter with a robust, full-throated wail and knack for pairing Stones-ian hooks and Dylan-esque wordplay with glam-kissed pop swagger.” Now based in Portland, Ore., Craft (above, doing “Penetcost” for KEXP FM) put out his debut solo album, Dolls of Highland (stream it below), on Sub Pop this past spring to a considerable amount of praise. Pitchfork opined that the LP “melds the voodoo-infused mythology of the South with rambunctious glam rock, and Kyle Craft summons you into its world like a carnival barker wooing customers in a funhouse.” And not to be outdone, Spin added that in his past life, he “was either a glam-rock idol or frontman for a power-metal trio. His sound is swampy ’70s boogie that splits the difference between Dr. John and David Bowie.” Find out for yourself why he’s getting so much praise when Kyle Craft plays Mercury Lounge tomorrow night. NYC’s Mass Gothic open the show.