Folk/Country

Much 2 Much wraps up residency at Swan Dive with female-centric lineup

Photo credit: David Brendan Hall

Austin's indie-folk quartet Much 2 Much just wrapped up their November residency at Swan Dive last Thursday evening. The lineup was a female-centric smorgasbord of intricate harmonies, instrumental versatility and head-turning musical approaches. 

The first act of the evening was a duo set by two of the women of Ley Line, Emilie Basez and Maddy Froncek. The duo played soft and slow, but with raw power and a unique emotional intensity that kept the inhabitants of Swan Dive silent and attentive as ever. Basez and Froncek effortlessly exchanged duties on acoustic guitar, banjo, upright bass and percussion, seamlessly shifting between songs without missing a beat. Their set included originals, some sung beautifully in Portuguese, and covers by artists such as Gillian Welch. 

Much 2 Much - fronted by Erin Thelen and Angie Holliday - took the stage next. With fluttering, ethereal harmonies and concise songwriting, Much 2 Much are masters of dynamics and catchy hooks. Thelen and Holliday are each proficient at guitar and keys, and both bring different methods to their instruments, so no single song sounds quite alike. Backed by a powerful rhythm section consisting of Tyler Irvine on drums and Alex Browne on bass, Much 2 Much plowed through their set with smiles and fervor to an uproarious crowd.

The last act of the evening was the trio of Allysa Grace Music. Grace's music is an intriguing blend of jazz, soul and prog-rock, with songs that often descend into what feel like free-form jams. Grace's stage presence is strong, and she addresses the crowd with an affable ease that belies the complexity of her music. In a town filled to the brim with guitar players, it's refreshing to see a band without guitar. Instead, Grace's keyboard is the centerpiece instrument, with bassist Ben Bradshaw often taking lead excursions on his five-string bass. 

You can catch Much 2 Much at The Lodge and Tavern in Wimberley on December 22nd. Listen to a live version of "Footsteps" below! - Ethan Ames

   

Weekend Warrior, November 30 - December 2

Paper Scissors Media in conjunction with Good How Are You Records present Great How’ve You Been Fest 18 this weekend. Split between Tralfamadore and Pleasure Mountain Ballroom on Saturday and Sunday respectively, the event assembles a large contingent of local talent. Saturday’s slate includes the down-to-earth, figuring-it-out-as-it-goes, melodic, pop-punk narratives of Yeenar. Conversely, Francis Ponton, a.k.a. Overwinter, smoothly simmers into the void on a multifaceted electro/synth-pop vessel. With another new EP, There's Nothing More I Can Do, due out tomorrow, Dani in Public lays word-weaving, introspective lyrics over neon-lit, electro-experimenting beats, wrapping the listener in a vulnerable groove. Among those featured on Sunday are the quartet of Blushed, who mesh ethereal, head-in-the-clouds dreampop with turbulent groundswells in surf-garage hybrid. Riding a rhythmic wave, the rambunctious alt-rock of Full Bush invites you into a rowdy release of energy, while garage-psych rockers Secret Nudist Friends captivate with their rippin' jams. You’ll be feeling just fine at Great How’ve You Been Fest 18 this weekend! – Michael Colavita 

More places where you’ll feel fine this weekend…

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Great How’ve You Been Fest 18: Kelsey Cork & the Swigs, Overwinter, Dani in Public, Canine 10, Busy Bee Project, Yeenar, Erik Kramer, Elissa Janelle Velveteen 

Pleasure Mountain Ballroom (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Great How’ve You Been Fest 18: Full Bush, Trash Boy, Blushed, Secret Nudist Friends, Puppy Angst, Rebecca Zimmerman

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Beggars (Record Release), Deadfellow

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Last Generation On Film, Keely Sibilia, Josh Agran/DJ Elijvh Vrms, DJ Richard Reich, SAT DJ Cousin Mike

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Ellen Siberian Tiger, Hemming, Camp Candle, SAT Luxe

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI FRI (Balcony) Matty Moonshine, Alex Catrambone, Nicky Bruh, Lil Zip & JGriff

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT Circa Survive, Queen of Jeans

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Birthday Boy, Past Life, SAT (Upstairs) Strawberry Runners, Grayling

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Philly Alternativo 1st Annual Benefit Concert, SAT JW Farrell, Rare Spirits

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT PanSong

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI William H. Travis, Birdie Busch, C. Hundreds, SUN Knightlife, Medium Rare, Jac with No K

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI The 1940s, Lovebuckle, Erik Kramer/High Reeper, Green Meteor, Thunderbird Divine, Ritual Earth, SAT RunHideFight

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Hannah Krupa, Dylan Jane Band, SAT J Solomon, SUN Butter Queen Sister, The Cheddar Boys

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Craig Dash, SAT Ed Christof

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Jeremy Adam, Crooked Ways, Matthew Trexler, Ashton John, Christine Irizarry  & The Foolhardy, SAT Mr. Unloved, The Mojo Machine, The Prisoners

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Bok Nero, Shizz Lo, Swizzymack, DJ Lean Wit It, Rob Diioia 

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI The Sixth Year, Popular Creeps, Snakes & Vultures

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Felipe Pupo, The Magnificent Shithawks of the Greater Northern Americas, Thyla, SAT Thee Minks, The Tone Bandits

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Barker Brothers, Stargazer Lily, SAT Local Smokes(CD Release), Slomo Sapiens, The Tisburys, Tulpa, Whackbat

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI The Urban Guerilla Orchestra

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Heavensake, Last Minute Hero, The Drowned God

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) SUN Stinking Lizaveta

Super Wimpy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Knifeplay, Sitcom

   

Debut C. Hundreds EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

C. Hundreds, a.k.a. Craig Hendrix (Japanese Breakfast, Auctioneer, Aderbat), recently shared a new EP, Nauset Tapes, under his latest moniker. A pulsating, desolate-folk sound creates an intriguing songwriting platform. With a solemn key/synth foundation, the album builds suspense, leading toward potential on “How Hard Did You Try,” while “Song Man’s Blues” captures a lonesome wisdom. C. Hundreds is slated on a billing tomorrow night at Ortlieb's that also includes Birdie Busch and William H. Travis.

   

New Track: "I'm Not Like You" - Julia Rainer

“Feeling anger after an encounter in which the rights of trans and non-binary folks and women were belittled and disregarded,” Julia Rainer penned a new single, “I’m Not Like You”. Paced by the percussion, the languid ring of guitar and the expansive vocal echo creates a track that hits at the core as Rainer satirically dives into one of the many divides that currently separates our society. Rather than embracing differences and finding common ground via empathy, fear is currently being used as fuel to justify and enable cruelty; however, art will always be here to push back - much love.

   

Hayes Peebles channels expressive Americana in new single "I'll Be Fine"

Hayes Peebles’ cerebral folk has been permeating the Brooklyn scene since the release of his debut single, “Ghosts” (2016). A couple of singles, an EP and two acoustic b-sides later, Peebles has accumulated a collection of sparkling acoustic Americana that conjures bittersweet and melancholic thoughts. Just released earlier this week, his newest single, “I’ll Be Fine,” flows with a lighter tempo that remains grounded with expressive and heart-tugging lyrical content. Many artists make an effort to show the softer side of their taste, but tracks like “Short and Sweet” and “Bella” display the effortlessness of this artist’s melodic style. Though raised on indie rock idols Interpol and The Strokes, Peebles has wandered quite a bit from his roots with a style that channels the gentle spirit of Bob Dylan and the twang of Neil Young—but all rock is not lost. Sometimes you can snag a taste of his younger influences in songs such as “Straight to Hell,” which burns steadily through big-stadium blues riffs. Hayes has torn through his local scene and, with the help of industry acclaim, is quickly becoming one of most distinct emerging voices in folk music. Check out his new song “I’ll Be Fine” below and stream his full discography on Soundcloud or Bandcamp. - Rebecca Carroll