As summer comes to a close, college students start trickling back into town. If you’re one of these students, you probably spent the summer staring into a microscope’s lens, delivering pizzas, or traveling the world, and currently have no idea what’s going on in Boston’s music scene. Thankfully, the weekly wrap-up is here to bring you up to speed.
Kyle Thornton Releases New Track
Last weekend they were at our listen local show at Brighton Music Hall, and during the week they dropped a new single, “Fly Girl.” Kyle Thornton & Company, a seven-piece band Berklee-born band that self-identifies as a “soul-hop” group, plays with a more neo-soul sound on this song. It opens with a D’Angelo-esque, rhythmically-agile guitar lick, before Thornton’s smooth vocals come–backed by lilting, fun horn runs. The chorus has a more driving, soul feel supported by a strong organ tone.
Kingsley Flood Debuts New Track
Kinglsey Flood was busy in 2015, releasing three EPs. October marks the debut of their first LP since 2013, titled Another Other. In advance of the album, the band premiered “The Bridge” with the Atlanta-based operation Bullet Music, which has a short but interesting interview with lead singer Naseem Khuri about growing up in Boston and his sense of other-ness.
It’s an emotional track: a driving drum beat accompanied by sinister synths, an eerie sax, and a folk-punk violin that erupt in the chorus. The track is led by Khuri’s Cake-like lead vocals. You can pre-order Another Other on the band’s website and listen to “The Bridge” by clicking on the Bullet article. They’ll be at The Sinclair November 18th.
Julie Rhodes Stops in For Folkadelphia Session
Folkadelphia, WXPN-Philadelphia’s folk music program, released April’s studio session with Boston singer-songwriter Julie Rhodes last week. The session features four Rhodes originals and an Etta James cover, “I’d Rather Go Blind.” The session focuses on Rhodes’ powerful voice, both raw and measured, and mixes in the echoic, soulful electric guitar of Danny Roaman and Rich Doming’s electric bass. Folkadelphia is on-air weekly and posts studio sessions online.
Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys: Album Release Show
Rather eccentric and wildly creative steamcrunk band Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys have been presenting their spectacle to Boston crowds for eight years now, and have a momentous occasion planned for the night of Friday, September 9th. They will headline a show at The Sinclair that celebrates a pair of album releases – Ruby Rose Fox’s Mount Peru, and their own Come Black Magic. The band is advertising the evening as “the show of a lifetime,” so you’ll probably want to go ahead and buy your tickets here.