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Sweet Crude Bring Uniquely New Orleans Sound to Mercury Lounge

April 26th, 2017

Sweet Crude—a collection of friends and relatives: Jack Craft, Sam Craft, Stephen MacDonald, Alexis Marceaux, Dave Shirley and Skyler Stroup—are a uniquely New Orleans band, a six-piece with lyrics written in a mix of English and Cajun French, working in tune with five-part harmonies, tribal rhythms and pop hooks. According to the-Times Picayune, “The musicians of Sweet Crude are bilingual because the music is, and not the other way around. Writing in Cajun French connects Marceaux and the Crafts to their heritage, but it also opens up an expansive other world of sound; a whole other dictionary to play rhyming games with, for one.” Their debut full-length, Sweet Créatures (stream it below), came out just last week. And Consequence of Sound calls it: “An alluring indie pop record filled with playful rhythms and a genuine love for the Louisiana city. Touring North America in support of their new music, Sweet Crude (above, performing “Mon Esprit” for New Orleans Live) play Mercury Lounge on Friday night. The NOLA five-piece Motel Radio open the show.

(And if you find yourself in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, see Sweet Crude open for Lake Street Dive at the Civic Theatre on 5/6.)


Lake Street Dive – Music Hall of Williamsburg – February 21, 2017

February 22nd, 2017

Lake Street Dive - Music Hall of Williamsburg - February 21, 2017

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.com


Oh Pep! Celebrate New Album Tonight at Mercury Lounge

June 29th, 2016

Childhood friends Olivia Hally (vocals and guitar) and Pepita Emmerichs (vocals, fiddle and mandolin) formed the upbeat folk-pop band Oh Pep! seven years ago in Melbourne, Australia. Although the lineup has changed over the years, Hally and Emmerichs continue to guide the sound. And after putting out three EPs—which earned them comparisons to Lucius, Andrew Bird and Lake Street Dive—Oh Pep! (above, doing “Happenstance” for KEXP FM) just released their debut full-length, Stadium Cake (stream it below), last Friday. “Stadium Cake expands on Hally and Emmerichs’ talents, to the point where it surprised me how detailed and intricate they are as both players and listeners. On each listen, I’ve come to find new favorites,” says NPR’s Bob Boilen. “Oh Pep!’s musical instrumentation, as well as their songwriting assure that this album will not be lost to time,” adds Paste magazine. Join in on celebrating the new music when Oh Pep! play Mercury Lounge tonight. New York City six-piece Evening Darling opens the show.


Close Out the Weekend with Parker Millsap at Mercury Lounge

April 3rd, 2015

A young guy with an old-timey Americana sound, 21-year-old Parker Millsap grew up in small-town Oklahoma attending Pentecostal church three times a week, which—despite the fact he no longer considers himself to be very religious—undoubtedly affects his songwriting. He began playing acoustic guitar at just nine years old, but once Millsap discovered Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, like Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, he plugged in. And thanks to a post–high school performance in Nashville, Millsap won a coveted spot opening for Old Crow Medicine Show and later Patty Griffin, Shovels & Rope and Lake Street Dive. But with the release of his self-titled debut album (stream it below) last year, the engaging live performer became known for more than his gravelly, soulful voice. In a glowing review, PopMatters proclaimed, “Road tunes and leave-takings are a fitting metaphorical trope for this album, because Millsap is clearly going places. With his voice and his rich, suggestive songwriting, it might not be long before Red Dirt isn’t just a bandwagon that people recognize, but one that they might be willing to jump onto.” And per American Songwriter, “Like the best of his peers, Millsap lets his music and lyrics do the talking, keeping the production sparse, not stark, and creating a terrific, even audacious first effort. Millsap’s subtle style allows the listener to discover the emotional vortex of his often confused characters, helping us identify with their motives without casting judgment.” Of course, you can judge for yourself because with a night off from opening for Houndmouth, Parker Millsap (above, doing “Truck Stop Gospel” live at the Grand Ole Opry) plays the early show at Mercury Lounge on Sunday.


The Best Summer Festival Starts Tomorrow Night

September 4th, 2014

While it might seem like summer ended on Labor Day, not only does it last nearly another three weeks, but also the summer festival with the best lineup kicks off tomorrow night in Boston. That’s right: Boston Calling is back, and how. On Friday night, things get started with the National, Neutral Milk Hotel and Future Islands. And then the rest of the weekend is absolutely packed with Lorde, Childish Gambino, Girl Talk, Volcano Choir, the Hold Steady, Bleachers, Sky Ferreira, S. Carey and Clifflight on Saturday. Plus Sunday brings something for everyone with Nas, the Roots, the Replacements, Spoon, the 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Lake Street Dive, the War on Drugs, White Denim, San Fermin and Gentlemen Hall. So do yourself a favor and ship up to Boston this weekend.


Boston Calling: Summer Starts Tonight

May 23rd, 2014

Summer this year officially lasts from 6/21 to 9/21, but the summer season runs differently, bracketed by two fantastic Boston Calling festivals—over Memorial Day weekend and the weekend after Labor Day. This Saturday and Sunday are already sold out, but the good news is that this year Boston Calling packs in even more music and kicks off a night earlier, with a full-on folk attack beginning tonight at 6 p.m. with Jack Johnson, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Cass McCombs.

And as things begin winding down at beaches across the land, Boston Calling returns with another fantastic three days and nights of nonstop music in early September: the National, Neutral Milk Hotel and Future Islands on 9/5, Lorde, Childish Gambino, Girl Talk, Volcano Choir, the Hold Steady, Bleachers, Skey Ferreira, S. Carey and Clifflight on 9/6, and Nas, the Roots, the Replacements, Spoon, the 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Lake Street Dive, the War on Drugs, White Denim, San Fermin and Gentlemen Hall on 9/7.

(Take a look at last year’s inaugural Boston Calling, above.)



Lake Street Dive Prove to Be Worthy of the Buzz at Bowery Ballroom

April 2nd, 2014

Lake Street Dive – The Bowery Ballroom – April 1, 2014

I had never heard—or even heard ofLake Street Dive prior to their appearance at last September’s Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis at Town Hall, when their rousing performance of “You Go Down Smooth” had polite concertgoers stirring in their seats, excitedly whispering to one another. Rachael Price (vocals), Mike Calabrese (drums and vocals), Bridget Kearney (upright bass and vocals) and Mike Olson (guitar and vocals) met while studying jazz at music school in Boston. And while the band, which has since moved to Brooklyn, is certainly jazz-centered, their rock, pop and R&B influences are plainly noticeable. Something else obvious about Lake Street Dive is the considerable buzz behind them since the start of the year (a write-up in Rolling Stone, appearances on the The Colbert Report and Letterman, a Questlove shout-out, Price performing “The Star Spangled Banner” on House of Cards). And then suddenly this band that had been at it for nearly a decade was an overnight success.

Taking the stage last night at a sold-out Bowery Ballroom to the dulcet tones of “What’s New Pussycat,” the quartet launched into “Got Me Fooled,” off their 2010 self-titled album, and then “Stop Your Crying,” from the recently released Bad Self Portraits. “We can’t tell you how happy we are to be at home,” said Price to applause. And while she and her breathtaking vocals and commanding presence (she’d be at home on a Broadway stage) were front and center, each bandmate was given the chance to shine: Kearney’s upright-bass solos gave “Henriette” and “Bobby Tanqueray” a bit of a funky kick, Olson’s impressive trumpet work bolstered a lively, extended “Hello? Goodbye!” and “Neighbor Song,” and Calabrese’s feisty drumming and added vocals on “Seventeen” elicited cheers from most of the women in the room.

While their set, filled with plenty of four-part harmonies, mainly consisted of material from their two full-lengths, Lake Street Dive also played three new songs. About halfway through, Bad Self Portraits producer Sam Kassirer joined in on their breakthrough album’s title track and then stuck around for a few more tunes. They closed the show with the crowd-pleasing “You Go Down Smooth” before returning for a one-song encore, Hall & Oates’s “Rich Girl,” with the audience enthusiastically singing along. For now, Lake Street Dive should continue to soak up the valuable experience of playing night after night on the road because bigger rooms, bigger crowds and bigger things await. —R. Zizmor