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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fiona Apple and Blake Mills at Merriam Theater, Oldermost at Boot & Saddle, Lee Fields and the Expressions at Arden Gild Hall and more

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Fiona Apple and singer/songwriter Blake Mills bring their collaborative Anything We Want tour to Merriam theater tonight. Apple’s sultry vocals and damaged goods attitude should combine well with the innovative guitar stylings of Mills. The pair will unite on songs as well as perform their own individual music. Get tickets and more information on the show here.

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Watch Hiss Golden Messenger’s full set from his August show at Johnny Brenda’s (playing the Paradise of Bachelors showcase at Boot & Saddle on 10/19)

 

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North Carolina’s Hiss Golden Messenger recently opened for Daughn Gibson at Johnny Brenda’s, performing songs from his 2013 LP Haw and a few from 2010′s Poor Moon debut.  It was a mesmerizing, mostly solo set by M.C. Taylor (though he was joined by HGM bandmate Scott Hirsch for a song or two) that was captured by local videographer orthophonix.  In two parts below, you can take in Taylor’s August 16th performance in anticipation of this weekend’s Paradise of Bachelors showcase at Boot & Saddle.  The music and literary event is being hosted by the record label in conjunction with the 215 Festival and will feature appearances by Amanda Petrusich, Nathan Salsburg, Promised Land Sound and Tara Murtha.  Tickets and information can be found on the Facebook event page.

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Watch a new video for “Busted Note” from Hiss Golden Messenger (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 8/16)

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Described as “stately” and “gorgeous,” the new video for Hiss Golden Messenger‘s song “Busted Note” quilts monochromatic images of dunes, cliffs and the rushing current of a river into an abstract parallel to the song’s lyrics.  “Busted Note” comes from the North Carolina country / folk rock projects latest record Haw, which was released on Paradise of Bachelors last month.  Hiss Golden Messenger will open for Daughn Gibson at Johnny Brenda’s on August 16th; tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video, directed by Joseph Kolean and Joshua Van Wynen, below.

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Watch Hiss Golden Messenger perform “I’ve Got a Name for the Newborn Child” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 8/16)

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Country / folk project Hiss Golden Messenger will join Carlisle, PA native Daughn Gibson at Johnny Brenda’s on August 16th.  Though a relatively new name to most, MC Taylor (one-half of Hiss Golden Messenger’s core) has been making music for 20 years in various bands including California indie rock outfit The Court & Spark and hardcore band Ex-Ignota.  April’s Haw, however, has spurred a current of attention and admiration for the North Carolina resident’s deeply reflective and inquisitive songwriting.  While earlier HGM releases were recorded as a partnership between Taylor and his longtime bandmate Scott Hirsch (also of The Court & Spark and Ex-Ignota), Haw, HGM’s second effort via Paradise of Bachelors, welcomed contributions from members of Megafaun, Lambchop and the Black Twig Pickers.

In addition to recording his full-length, MC Taylor teamed up with labelmate Steve Gunn on a Record Store Day 2013 release titled Golden Gunn for Three Lobed Recordings – stream “The Sun Comes Up a Purple Diamond” from the collaboration here and watch Taylor perform a solo acoustic version of “I’ve Got a Name for the Newborn Child” from Haw below.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show on August 16th can be found here.