Don’t Miss the Early Bill Tonight at Mercury Lounge

May 18th, 2015

James Cleare (vocals, bass and drums), Heather Robb (vocals, melodica and keys) and James Smith (vocals, guitar and trumpet) grew up with a shared love of ’70s rock, and they teamed up to begin making music together as the Spring Standards seven years ago. Their most recent album, Live from Delaware (stream it below), out in 2013, finds the New York City folk-rock trio (above, doing “Crushing Pennies” for the Wild Honey Pie) in fine form, capturing the spirit of their energetic live shows.

Elizabeth Ziman grew up in the Village studying classical piano, but eventually realized she had more to say, or, rather, sing. So at the age of 16 she began vocal training before attending the Berklee College of Music. Prior to graduating, she toured the world as a backup singer for Patti Austin. Upon returning, Ziman met a couple of musicians and Elizabeth & the Catapult (below, doing “Wish I Didn’t”) were born. The size of the band has since expanded, and the sound has changed some as Ziman explores guitar-centric music. Their third album, the pop-, folk- and jazz-inflected Like It Never Happened (stream it below), arrived last year. “Ziman’s husky voice manages to be buoyant, brash, tender and sympathetic as she sells these songs by sheer confidence. Catch both bands tonight, early at Mercury Lounge. Brooklyn’s Dear Georgiana open the show.