Deftly layering three-part harmonies over a mix of bluegrass, roots, rock and Americana, childhood friends Griffin Sherry (guitar and vocals), Max Davis (banjo and vocals) and Sean McCarthy (bass and vocals) formed the Ghost of Paul Revere six years ago in Buxton, Maine. Ever since, they’ve been winning over fans one show at a time with their fiery, foot-stomping holler-folk music, earning comparisons to Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers in the process. The band released their second full-length, Monarch (stream it below)—which deals with turning heartbreak into metamorphosis—last month. “The gift of Monarch lies in its honest simplicity. It appeals to the sunshine that lives in most of us and dares to try to brighten the gray skies that hold others hostage,” says American Blues Scene. “It succeeds in lifting up all those it reaches out to.” But be proactive: Reach out to the Ghost of Paul Revere (above, performing “Montreal”) yourself when they play Rough Trade NYC on Saturday night. Jersey rock quartet Wyland open the show.
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Jenn Wasner (vocals and bass) and Andy Stack (drums, keys and vocals) formed the rock duo Wye Oak after returning home to Baltimore from college nearly 10 years ago—the name comes from the gigantic state tree of Maryland. They initially made music as Monarch, but the two moved on to bigger things with the name change and the release of their third full-length, the guitar-centric Civilian (stream it below), which the A.V. Club named the top album of 2011: “Maybe it’s 2011’s darkest album by the band with the brightest future.” Last week, Wye Oak (above, performing “Glory” at this year’s Coachella) returned with their fourth LP, the acclaimed Shriek (stream it below), eschewing guitars (Wasner now plays the bass) for synths. And again the folks at the A.V. Club showed some love: “An album that expresses ‘the nagging thought that I had never lived, or else forget’ ought to inspire Wye Oak to keep on living—guitar or no guitar—especially one this good.” Wasner and Stack are now touring North America in support of their new album, and you can see them tomorrow night at Webster Hall. Braids open the show.