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July 2016
Big Thief
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Throughout Masterpiece, the humbly sublime debut album from Brooklyn folk-rock quartet Big Thief, love braves through woe. As sung by the ever welcoming Adrienne Lenker, these painful yet vital songs near a height of beauty that reminds one of music’s transcendent power.

Following the nimble opener “Little Arrow,” the album starts its raw power with “Masterpiece” (streaming below), the rollicking single that deservedly drew attention a few months back with its panoramic view of searching souls. Like Bob Dylan’s generation-defining “Like a Rolling Stone” from the 1960s, this guitar-trickled song is both addicting and elegant, rough and pretty and, ultimately, lasting in its sheer soulfulness.

A series of lyrically vivid tracks named after potential lovers (“Paul” and “Randy,” for example) follows next, alongside guitar-winded cuts that briskly tackle such elusive motifs as romance and the transience of time, emitting an overall beatific aura in the process.

The type of record that has the possibility of transporting the listener to a calmer, perhaps better plain of existence, Masterpiece is not just the first offering from an intriguing new band but a preciously passionate work in and of itself. – Zach Weg

 
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Patti Smith
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Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Blondie
Suicide
Lydia Lunch
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Mars
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Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
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Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
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Sonic Youth
Swans
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Nas
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
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The Strokes
Interpol
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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Animal Collective
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NYC artists on the rise: We Are The Woods, live at Rockwood on 09.24

NYC artists on the rise: We Are The Woods, live at Rockwood on 09.24

Like many other indie kids, after a wild and rocking youth full of desdaing for all forms of tradition, we have slowly grown to enjoy folk music, in particular when it's somehow "bastardized" - the redeeming quality! This is a concept that - although clashing with the immaculacy of their music - is pertinent to We Are The Woods. This NYC based group led by a female duo emplyos acoustic guitars and a variety of other instruments (strings, flutes, tubas, you name it) to craft beautiful, sophisticated and intense songs that are thoroughly enjoyable. The folk matrix is still audible, but here orchestral, pop and even psych elements take over the reins. As it often happens in softer music, the vocals are a crucial element, and the ladies deliver big time in this department. Their celestial voices (Jessie Murphy's charismatic lead and Marcia Webb's spot on backing vocals) transform good songs into beautiful, arresting gems. We are very curious to see this band live - the next opportunity is at Rockwood on September 24.


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