Lucius cannot be contained. The last time the five-piece indie-rock ensemble, fronted by the stunning vocal harmonies of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, was in town their energy and sound seemed to push at the tiny confines of the Duck Room walls, begging for a larger venue. It was an unforgettable show.
It may be a clichéd axiom at this point, but it remains a fact that show business is at least as much about product as it is about performance. And few contemporary musical acts know both sides of that equation as intimately as Pomplamoose, the California duo who in a few short years have carved a niche with quirky, do-it-yourself "videosongs" and a knack for pop mashups.
"They're trying to put the weight of life on us," sings Massimiliano Morini of Moro & the Silent Revolution. "Our first rule should be to never look behind." It's a dose of folk-pop optimism that's well-worth heeding and hearing.
Grounded in her expressive voice and piano playing, "Falling Like Fools" by St. Louis musician Lizzie Weber glides upward on a rich string arrangement and vulnerable emotions.
Call it "folkstep" or "dubpop," the music of Morning Ritual -- a collaboration between composer Ben Darwish and two twin sisters, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, known as (aka the Shook Twins) -- is both highly conceptual and highly pleasurable. The new single "So Cold" has a warmth and harmonic intricacy that defies categorization.
Melinda Kirwin and Simon Rudston-Brown were once romantic partners but are now a musical duo known as Falls. The track "Home," from Sydney, Australia natives' new EP "Into the Fire," proves their strength as songwriters and collaborators; the sound is lush, rhythmic, state-of-the-art folk pop.
Since its self-titled release in 2009, Seattle's the Head and the Heart has earned the adoration of fans and critics alike for crafting vulnerable, indie-folk sing-alongs.
It's been three years since Seattle's the Head and the Heart won over both with its self-titled debut. The folk-pop band is back with "Let's Be Still" this fall; lead single "Shake" has a bold, danceable but still deeply heartfelt sound.
Exploring the delicate fun of twee pop, the Melodic previews its forthcoming release on Anti- Records with the song "Roots," a slightly skewed but still earnest take on Latin folk.
Charming and funny and more than a little surprising, "Delicate Cycle," the latest from the Uncluded, aka Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson, combines quotidian emotions with deft rhyme-slinging, and then wraps it all in some pretty, catchy, rhythmic folk pop,