After spending time as part of a duo in Washington, D.C., Laura Burhenn left our nation’s capital for Oregon to return to her roots as a solo artist. She gathered some of her favorite things, including Carole King, Neil Young and Motown records, as inspiration and began toiling away on the first Mynabirds album, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood. The material was very well received and when Burhenn played it live, she did so with a backing band. Since then the Mynabirds (above, doing “Numbers Don’t Lie” for KEXP FM) have released two more discs, including last month’s excellent Generals.
When NYC band Sam Champion took a break, guitarist Sean Sullivan used the opportunity to make a different kind of music as Sean Bones. His first album, Rings, featuring upbeat reggae (and Norah Jones), came out three years ago. And now Bones (below, performing “Dancehall” for baeblemusic.com) is back with a new record, Buzzards Boy, that’s perfect for summer listening, which you can do in person when the Mynabirds and Sean Bones play the late show tomorrow at Mercury Lounge.