Mutual Benefit Headline The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow NightSeptember 12th, 2014
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Lee founded his band, Mutual Benefit, in Austin, Texas, making experimental music influenced by folk and psychedelic rock that earned him comparisons to Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens and Animal Collective. But he soon decamped for Boston to record and play with some friends there. Lee has since made his way to Brooklyn, but he continues Mutual Benefit (above, performing “Animal Falconry” for KEXP FM) with a rotating lineup of talented musicians. The band’s debut album, Love’s Crushing Diamond (stream it below), came out last fall to rave reviews. “The songs are fully formed and finely detailed, each taking on a life of its own,” according to Consequence of Sound. “Much like a great book keeps a reader riveted until the last pages are turned, Love’s Crushing Diamond leaves a hope that it could continue on and on.” Baltimore chamber-folk ensemble Soft Cat and Brooklyn four-piece Bellows open.