Don’t mock the cover band, y’all. A good
one can not only be highly entertaining, but also turn into a huge
success these days — and not just by serving as the most popular human
jukebox in their hometowns. Perfect example: Walk off the Earth.
The Oarsman lead singer Marcus Christopher Maloney’s voice is therapy at its cheapest. No alcohol is needed to sink into the quiet misery from which the listener ultimately lifts hope from the beautifully mundane topics about which Maloney sings.
Manchester Orchestra is loud and
rattling, both from the volume the group can unleash and from the depth
and emotion in its lyrics. Whether filtered through computer speakers or
amplified live from the stages of some of America’s best venues, the
group’s music has a way of making “all the feels” come rocketing to the
Coming at us from Brooklyn, N.Y., The
Lone Bellow — whose name couldn’t suit them any better — is made up of a
trio of beautiful souls. Their harmonies are tight and soul-stirring,
but at just the right moments, it’s lead singer Zach Williams’ Georgian
drawl that cries out louder than the rest.
Wertz’s music can be described in two
words: Mom Rock. He falls in line with guys like Matt Nathanson and
Gavin Degraw (both former tour mates). It’s the kind of Lite FM sound
that only works on people in love or people who are waiting for their