Tonight! Brookville, The Postmarks, Pretty Little Empire and Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps at Off Broadway; Nico Vega at the Firebird
First, at Off Broadway is a pretty dynamic quadruple bill featuring the Postmarks, Brookville, Pretty Little Empire and Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps. The latter act hails from Minneapolis and is fantastic; I fully expect the band to be opening for someone at the Duck Room or Pageant within the year. Take a listen to its August Daytrotter session, where its literate lyrics, Smith's evocative croon -- which has hints of old-time jazz and cabaret, a la Fiona Apple or Adele -- and solid songwriting are on full display. Dig Samantha Crain and Elizabeth and the Catapult? You'll dig.
Pretty Little Empire, meanwhile, is a newish local band making waves in recent months. thanks to Bon Iver/Fleet Foxes-ish acoustic murmurs, which are perfect for the early autumn chill. The band's debut album, sweet sweet hands, is due October 26, the same day as the band's Firebird release show.
The Postmarks -- although also perfect for this wool-sweater weather -- hails from Miami and specializes in winsome, wall-of-sound indie-pop. And last but not least is Brookville. Fronted by Andy Chase, the NYC act was great opening for Trashcan Sinatras in August and has a fabulous new album, Broken Lights, out now. RIYL: Go-Betweens, Ivy, Prefab Sprout, Talk Talk.
MP3: Brookville, "Great Mistake"
Nico Vega, meanwhile, is a glammy, swaggering LA band with a frontwoman as powerful and sassy as Beth Ditto of the Gossip. The Firebird show also features Makeshift Gentlemen and Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship.