indie music

  On June 11th, acclaimed and well-loved alt-rock band, The National, are playing a concert in Joe’s Field at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA that will benefit the museum and the Hawthorne Valley Association in New York’s Hudson River Valley. This concert is the band’s only date in the northeast this year.


The Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band, which consists of vocalist Matt Berninger, plus two pairs of brothers: Aaron Dessner (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott Devendorf (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums), have landed on every “best of” list in print.

The Dessners recently created, curated and produced Day of the Dead -- a compilation  featuring 59 Grateful Dead covers performed by a slew of incredible musicians including - but not limited to - Flaming Lips, Bruce Hornsby, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Jenny Lewis, Perfume Genius, Vijay Iyer, Lucius, and Bela Fleck. Bob Weir even appears on the album performing both with Wilco and with The National.

Aaron Dessner joins us to talk about the concert and the new compilation.

  Our time as an official presence here at Solid Sound is nearly at an end. But before we go - we’re going to really get you revved up for the festivities by letting you get to know Lucius.

They are a fabulous band with a catchy indie-pop sound and we are very excited that they are joining us this morning.

The members of the band are Jess Wolfe, Holly Laessig, Danny Molad and Peter Lalish, and Andrew Burri and they join us to talk and to perform live.

    Futurity is an original indie-rock musical by The Lisps, a Brooklyn-based co-ed of 21st century theater-prone indie rockers. Within a theatrically-staged song cycle, Futurity fuses found text, experimental music, and The Lisps' own brand of quirky pop to tell the story of a Union soldier in the Civil War who is an aspiring inventor.

The Lisps bring Futurity to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA this coming Saturday, April 27th at 8pm.

Aimee Mann most recent album, Charmer, was released on her own SuperEgo label in September of last year. It was her 8th solo album after splitting with the new wave band, Til Tuesday in 1990. Mann is is playing at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY on Thursday, April 18th at 8pm. Ted Leo will open.

    After the release of their 2009 break-out album, Bitte Orca, the band, Dirty Projectors, became synonymous with layered, conceptual indie rock.

Thus far in their over-a-decade career, Dirty Projectors and David Longstreth - the bandleader and primary songwriter - haven’t done the same thing twice. Their most recent album, Swing Lo Magellan, was released last year by Domino - “It’s an album of songs, an album of songwriting,” says Longstreth. Previous albums have been conceptual - from 2005’s The Getty Address, an album about musician Don Henley, to the 2007 album Rise Above, which is all Black Flag songs as re-imagined from memory, to Mount Wittenberg Orca, an EP the band did with Bjork with songs about and sung to a pod of whales - but Swing Lo Magellan is a collection of songs on a record - not tied to one idea or story.

Dirty Projectors are playing a handful of shows in the WAMC listening area in the coming weeks. This Saturday, April 13th, they’ll be at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, on Monday, April 15th they’ll play Pearl Street in Northampton, MA, and on Thursday, April 18th they'll be at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT.

Frank Black

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Frank Black of the Pixies.