There's something strangely appealing about hearing a scratchy, jagged voice growling from the depths, beautiful in its discordance. Ryan Bingham exudes this unique pull on listeners while pushing a rough-and-tumble aesthetic, complete with a nice edge you can really sink your teeth into.
Combining a bold, brassy persona with light tones and textures, Carrie Rodriguez piques your interest with her energetic bravado before breaking your heart with her achingly sweet melodies.
Listening to Said the Whale, one encounters the unexpected in the familiar. Like a feathery, sometimes feverish, breath of fresh, airy folk rock, their music has a buoyancy that elevates the listener.
Emily Wells is a musician working valiantly to undermine any sort of classification. Her work is beautiful and unsettling in the best way.
The Pageant may not be the ideal space for musical duos and trios with stripped down acoustic arrangements, but last night's Civil Wars show proved that even a bigger venue can be transformed into a setting for an intimate musical experience.
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter are preoccupied with the intangibles of existence. As such, their music is as ambiguous and mercurial as the layered worlds of their fancy.
If there was ever a band perfectly suited to set the mood for a night of (slightly off-kilter) Hitchcockian suspense, punctuated with romantic intrigue, it may just be Sleepy Kitty.
William Elliott Whitmore has an uncanny sound. One will recognize familiar strains from the sprawling canons of folk and Americana, but other elements are harder to place.
As the founding and perpetuating members of Over the Rhine, Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler have been tapping into a seemingly endless and dynamic wealth of bittersweet pathos.