The Twilight Sad is properly named. The Scottish trio of vocalist James Graham, guitarist Andy MacFarlane and drummer Mark Devine specializes in mood-altering music that ranges from hushed melancholia to swirling, rhythmically dynamic rave-ups.
Cincinnati native David Bell’s latest thriller, The Forgotten Girl,
centers on Jason Danvers, a 45-year-old graphic designer in small-town
Ohio whose comfortable existence is seriously altered when his wayward
younger sister re-enters his life.
Speedy Ortiz has gone from basement shows in the quartet's native Northampton, Mass., to massive festivals like Bonnarro in whiplash fashion. Yet the band has handled the transition deftly, delivering its slanted, guitar-driven ditties with the same offhanded grace no matter the setting.