A few months ago I got a call from a friend who invited me to a "fun" concert at the Peabody with the Joy Formidable, a band I'd seen before at the Firebird and the Luminary and really enjoyed. I immediately said yes and penciled in the date.
A female-fronted triad explores dynamics with orchestral arrangements and several stomp boxes. "Wolf's Law" penetrates the mainstream and just might launch the Joy Formidable from small-club fame to arena stardom.
U.S. Royalty -- perhaps named as such because lead singer John Thornley's swagger is decidedly Mick-Jagger-inspired and bassist Jacob Michael is most certainly this century's Slash, at least in terms of hair and rocking out -- does not, at first glance and listen, make sense.