Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (11/18-11/23): Ásgeir, Låpsley

Ásgeir – “Youth” [single] – singer-songwriter

Ásgeir‘s single “Youth” could not have come at a better time. With mellow fingerpicking and relaxed vocals, it’s the perfect soundtrack for Fall. Ásgeir creates a beautiful aesthetic in “Youth”, using brass, snare, and harmonies to do so. The track features simple lyrics and melodies that work to highlight Ásgeir‘s calming vocals. As “Youth” progresses, the tracks layer and build on one another to create a symphony of various timbres and feels, all while maintaining one inviting and cohesive sound. It’s truly an amazing and unique experience for listeners. Don’t miss out on Ásgeir – check out “Youth” below!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (11/11-11/16): The Deer, Wolf & Moon

The DeerDo No Harm – folk

The Austin-based band The Deer has an eclectic sound that makes the group memorable and lovable. The Deer‘s latest album, Do No Harm, establishes the band’s unique artistry through featuring different sounds and techniques on each song. From pedal steels to strings and group harmonies – Do No Harm is full of lovely surprises that make the album stand out from others. Each track highlights different moods, from the psychedelic ballad, “Dissolve”, to the upbeat and dance-worthy tracks, “Confetti to the Hurricane” and “Swoon”. Overall, Do No Harm showcases The Deer‘s Western influences while also establishing the band’s unique voice and modern take to the folk genre. Each track has its own voice, but they all work together to create one beautiful and fun sound that can only belong to The Deer. Don’t miss out on such an incredible album and band – check out The Deer‘s Do No Harm below!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (11/4-11/9): Geoffroy, Squirrel Flower

Geoffroy1952 – alternative

On his latest album, 1952, Montreal-based artist Geoffroy showcases his creativity and ability to bend genres. Geoffroy combines several styles seamlessly, bringing together folk, electronic, and pop influences to create something entirely new. One of the best examples of his skill is the song “The Fear of Falling Apart”. The track blends electronic vocal effects, beats, and samples with warmer piano tones and Geoffroy‘s natural voice, creating an appealing contrast between old and new sounds. Although Geoffroy uses many unique effects, they never distract from his voice. His voice is strong, timeless, and smooth, and the melodies on 1952 suit it perfectly. Between even the first three tracks “The Fear of Falling Apart”, “21 Days”, and “Woke Up Late”, Geoffroy shows that he is capable of creating several musical feels while still asserting his own sound. So much could be said about 1952 and Geoffroy, but the best way to experience his music is to hear it for yourself! Give 1952 a listen below.

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (10/27-11/2): Humbird, Bootstraps

Humbird Pharmakon – indie folk

Indie folk artist Humbird‘s album Pharmakon is gorgeous through and through. Her smooth and clear voice shines over upright bass, immaculate fingerpicking, and colorful piano. Humbird‘s style of songwriting is stunning, as she lets melodies float and fall artistically. Her skill as a lyricist is also quite evident, as she draws on allegorical references and names to add a thoughtful depth to her lyrics. Just as you think you have a full mental grasp on Pharmakon, Humbird adds another element. Her song “Persephone” is a great example of this. Placed later in the album, when you’ve settled into her sound, she plays around with the form and adds brass to enrich the song. My personal favorite track on the album is “Pharmakon”. On such a lovely and sweet song, Humbird‘s writing and voice really stand out. A catchy, constant fingerpicking line and vivid lyrics make “Pharmakon” something special, and it proves that Humbird‘s voice is one to fall in love with. It’s easy to hear that Humbird poured her heart and soul into her album Pharmakon – be sure to give it a listen below!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (10/20-10/26): Louise Burns, Sonofdov

Louise Burns – “Cry” [single] – indie pop

Despite what the title suggests, Louise Burns’ latest single “Cry” will put a smile on your face. Burns’ latest single is such an upbeat, eclectic indie bop – it’s a great listen. Featuring several, “Cry” reminisces on past eras with a contemporary twist. Burns’ clear voice is the centerpiece of the song, and all of the other tracks support her lyrics and melodies wonderfully. Featuring 80’s-style synths, a classic drum groove, and a tasteful electric guitar, this song has something for everyone. It’s a fun listen, and you’ll hit replay the second the music stops. Check out “Cry” below!

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Show Review: The Head and the Heart at Agganis Arena (10/12)

Saturday night was one for the books at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. In a crowded and vibrant space that is often used for hockey games, the Washington-born band The Head and the Heart did something incredible – they made a room built for thousands of people feel like home.

From the moment The Head and the Heart greeted the audience, the 6-piece Americana band had everyone’s attention. The band’s unique energy was clear from the moment they walked on stage and began their set with crowd favorites like “Missed Connection”. In each song, lead singers Jonathon Russell and Charity Rose Thielen did an incredible job of welcoming the audience into the band’s world through their high-energy performances.

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (10/13-10/19): Allen Stone, Macseal

Allen Stone – “Brown Eyed Lover” [single] – R&B

Allen Stone’s timeless voice and classic songwriting are the focus in his single “Brown Eyed Lover”. The track has an amazing groove with electric guitar counter melodies, ear-catching harmonies, and solid bass lines. Each of these elements creates sections that transition into one another seamlessly, and they work together to tell Stone’s simple love story of his care-free lover. It’s hard not to fall in love with Stone’s “Brown Eyed Lover”. Give it a listen below!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (10/6-10/12): Mayer Hawthorne, Jason Kerrison

Mayer Hawthorne – “The Great Divide” [single] – indie pop

Mayer Hawthorne’s single “The Great Divide” is the catchy and retro track that the world needs right now. With a relaxed beat and 80’s-style synths, “The Great Divide” is an easy listen that’s easy to love. Hawthorne’s vocals are timeless and smooth, and they’ll easily pull you into the world of the song. The track features wandering melodies, catchy bass lines, and a guitar solo that perfectly fits Hawthorne’s style. Also, as an added bonus, “The Great Divide” has a fun video! Be sure to check out both the video and “The Great Divide” below!

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Show Review: Joseph at Paradise Rock Club (9/27)

It’s a Friday night at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club. The lights go down, the band walks out, and the crowd’s excitement is almost tangible. As the musicians of Joseph come to the front of the stage, however, it is clear that this concert is going to be something special.

Unlike many other groups, Joseph has three lead singers – sisters Natalie Closer Schepman, Allison Closner, and Meegan Closner. They all shared the spotlight Friday night in a spectacular folk-y show. Each sister took her turn being the lead singer and then stepped back to give another sister the spotlight. It was nothing short of amazing to hear each of the sisters’ powerhouse vocals and perfect harmonies. Natalie, Allison, and Meegan all have similar voices, yet at the same time they are so all different, as they each use their voices differently to tell their story as songwriters and artists.

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (9/29-10/5): Bootstraps, DeVotchKa

Bootstraps -“Evergreen” [single] – indie folk

Jordan Beckett of Bootstraps has such a wonderful voice that is unlike any other, and his latest single “Evergreen” showcases it perfectly. Beckett’s voice is the perfect blend of raw emotion and rasp, and it will draw you into the world of “Evergreen”. Combining traditional singer-songwriter techniques with modern production, his latest single is magnificent and creative. Bootstraps definitely has something special in “Evergreen”, and it’s a great listen for fans of any genre. Check it out below!

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