Mork and Mindy, it's Music Monday! A short but sweet one today.
I can't explain the title of Grandhorse's first album, Portraiturefolio, but I can vouch for its excellence. The local band—made up of members of Aristeia, Diesto, and Fathers and Sons—have turned out a collection of completely lovable, catchy, full-volume pop tunes that turn simple ideas into tangled, ambitious rock. Here's the album's opening track and lead single, "Short Drive with a Kidnapper," and there's lots more where that came from. It's a uniformly good album that, to me, seemed to come out of nowhere, but it's great. Grandhorse are playing a record release show this Saturday night (November 2) at the cozy Press Club on Clinton Street. I don't expect those walls to contain them for long.
Stewart Villain and Tope team up for "Beautiful Struggle," from Stewart's new No Manners, which you can check out in full on Bandcamp. Boasting a hard-hitting, many-spinning-plates production, this track finds the shared area between a club-ready groove and martial street beat. Tope and Stewart each turn in solid verses that propel the track into high definition—this is no laidback jam.
Power-poppers the Zags are not the only band keeping alive the flame of '60s pop in their guitar-and-organ jangle and vocal harmonies, but they're doing a fine job. Their latest single "Red-Eyed Dawn" might be about the morning after following a big night, but it contains a sense of innocence and wonder, much like the best sunshine pop from those bygone years. The Zags played the Firkin Tavern this past Friday night to celebrate the new single, but we'll try to keep you in the loop for any future shows.
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