Shortly after marrying five years ago, Zack Green (vocals and guitar) and Dani Green (vocals and keys) began writing songs together. It went pretty well, so they wrote some more. Soon enough, Zack’s friend Andy Hubright (drums) joined in on the fun, and the tunes sounded better with three people. Brian Seligman (guitar, mandolin and vocals) caught them playing outside and liked what he heard, and then they sounded even better with four people. So they became a quartet called Birdtalker. And a year later, the Nashville, Tenn., band was a five-piece with the addition of Jesse Baker (bass and vocals). Their first EP, the Americana- and contemporary-folk-filled Just This (stream it below), came out last year. “This is an intriguing collection of songs that very much reward close attention. And that is because there is so much in these six songs that you discover something more each time,” according to No Depression. “It’s not just the two founders but the whole band who blend these songs of several layers to maximum effect with great emotion. It’s a team effort. Haunting and different at the same time.” Check out the team in person when Birdtalker (above, performing “Heavy”) play Rough Trade NYC on Sunday night. Singer-songwriter Becca Mancari opens the show.
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Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson met at a party and bonded over music. And not too long after that, they began making their own music—country-inflected rock—as the Saint Johns. Their debut full-length, Dead of Night (stream it below), came out this past spring: “Many young Nashville bands delve into the city’s rich country heritage to create their own sounds, but few do so with as much simplicity and elegance as the Saint Johns,” according to PopMatters. “This music owes as much to country and gospel as it does to the 2010’s indie scene, resulting in an amalgam that feels classic and fresh at once.” Having recently kicked off their first headlining tour, the Saint Johns (above, performing “Lost That Feeling” for Paste Studios, and, below, covering “Rhiannon”) play Mercury Lounge on Thursday. Nashville five-piece Birdtalker and Philly singer-songwriter Lily Mae open.
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