Off the beaten shows this week with Hayley Thompson-King and Marissa Nadler - tonight 3/7 @ the Plough & Stars + 3/8 @ 826 Boston - debut tracks!
If you are hunting for cool little shows this week like a Frenchman hunts for truffles, here are a couple of selections to make things more interesting. Tonight, singer/guitarist Hayley Thompson-King of excellent blues/garage/harmony trio Banditas continues her residency at Cambridge's Plough & Stars with her solo project Love-Up Time (a sometimes-duo with White Pages' Simon Simard). Joining her tonight will be Northhampton artist Jeremy Dubs, who is a close associate of Frank Black.
Tomorrow stoic folk songstress Marissa Nadler will charm party-goers for a few brief numbers at 826 Boston in Roxbury for a reading with the Rumpus and McSweeney's in celebratation of AWP Conference week. Nadler's brief set, before she heads off on a European tour (which includes a much anticipated stop for the singer in Turkey) will break-up readings by Roxane Gay, Amy Fusselman, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Thomas Page McBee, and Paul LeGault. Charming-riffic!
Love-Up Time - "Sneak Around"
The magical quality of Love-Up Time's brand new "Sneak Around" (debuted here!) should come as no whalloping surprise to anyone smart enough to check out Bandita's Save the Rats--a real high point last year, local or otherwise. "Sneak Around" features Thompson-King cycling back on her teenage love themes, backed up here by Nashville's Music Band (now there's a name that will get no love from Google). Tune in to hear Thompson-King coyly stuttering jagged, zoned-out phrases through what sounds like a guitar amplifier while Music Band cooks up some groovy sweat and feedback in the background.
Marissa Nadler - "You've Got It All Wrong" (demo)
Nadler herself is currently in transition without a band and in the process of developing new material for what will become her next album. "You've Got It All Wrong" is one song recently shared on her Soundcloud account which she herself tells Inbound Sounds will probably be re-recorded for her next album. Need it sad and pretty? Well this one will do, with its fingerpicked guitar and double tracked harmonies exploring the lilting candle-lit space so well known by the singer. When asked what direction she sees herself going in, quality is really more important than style to Nadler as she plots bringing as many strong songs to the production stage as she can. "I really just want to make the songs the best that it can be," she tells us. "The songs can really take any shape."
Expect a full proper Nadler show in the area in the coming months.
with Jeremy Dubs
Plough & Stars, Cambridge
Thursday, March 7th
AWP Conference Week:
Readings and brief set from Marissa Nadler
3035 Washington St.
Roxbury, MA 02119
Friday, March 8th from 7 â€“ 9:30 PM
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