With all the 4th of July festivities right on our doorstep, there are a few events that may go overlooked. The Young Magic, Quilt, Norewegian Arms, and Weyes Blood show at Johnny Brenda's this Saturday is not one of those. All possessing their own creative and original sounds, these 4 groups provide the audience with a wide range of genres and styles.
One of the headliners for the show is Young Magic, a trio now based out of New York. It's members include Australian singer and producer Isaac Emmanuel, as well as his fellow countryman Michael Italia, and Indonesian-born vocalist Melati Malay, who have come together after years of traveling and searching for their own unique sound. That sound is in fact quite distinct, and can be best represented in their 2012 album titled Melt released this past February. With what has been described as "broad musical palettes", this trio brings a very worldly and interesting sound to the stage.
The second headliner is the Boston-based Quilt, a group that formed while its members were attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Founding members Shane Butler and Anna Fox Rochinski both come from diverse musical backgrounds, which has allowed them to form a refreshing sound. With the addition of drummer John Andrews, this group describes their genre as "Rackety and group-oriented realism", something that is deifnitely worth finding out about when they take the stage on Saturday. Their latest release was self-titled album Quilt this past November on the Mexican Summer imprint.
Local talent Norwegian Arms is comprised of Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick aka Dr. Awkward and Brendan Mulvihill aka Keith Birthday, are bringing their experimental, "weird-folk" sound to this lineup. L Magazine had this to say about the duo - ""With Norwegian Arms, we get Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick banging away on Tupperware storage bins and Brendan Mulvihill wailing on a mandolin, making for some seriously unorthodox folk music. Despite exposing the occasional snag, their minimalist, "warts-and-all" approach translates to a childlike sense of playfulness that's pretty hard to hate on." Needless to say, their performance is going to be a fun and boisterous journey.