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Beth White is sweetly soulful in 'Soul Evolution', plays Douglas Corner Cafe 6/22

 Beth White's record Soul Evolution is lush, sweet, and warm. "Work This Out" makes use of a tasteful horn section and showcases a gospel choir, and "If It Makes You Happy" is so delightfully serene that it made me smile. But easy-going songwriting and arrangement aside- White's voice is stunning. It's powerful but not in an intrusive way, and her vocal runs are nuanced and stretched so that you just want to hear more of them. White takes influence from Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse, but infuses a dose of sunshine. She plays the Douglas Corner Cafe tomorrow, 6/22. -Geena Kloeppel



Roanoke plays 'Where I Roam' record release show at the Basement 6/23

 Roanoke is a delightful folk collective with a luscious new music video out called "Silent Films." The video incorporates double-exposed clips of the band and nostalgic scenes of highways and countrysides. "Imagine what we'd see in our own silent films" is sung in exquisite two-part harmony by Taylor Dupuis and Joey Beesley, two voices blending like lovers falling into each others' arms. Simply mesmerizing. Catch the group's release show for their new record Where I Roam next week at the Basement, 6/23. -Geena Kloeppel



The Stray Birds "Nothing To Say About It Now" turns resignation into catharsis

 "Love has nothing to say about it now" sing Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven in unison, until de Vitry's voice vanishes into the distance with a repeated "nothing to say about it now..." The new Stray Birds' (de Vitry, Craven and Charlie Muench) single "Nothing To Say About It Now" creeps up from behind and pulls at your heartstrings unexpectedly. Somewhere between a crystal clear electric guitar that repeats the main vocal melody and a subtle acoustic guitar that drifts into the ether, this song completely stole my breath away. I'm surely not the only one eager to hear the band's new album Let It Pass, out 9/7. -Geena Kloeppel


VALA's "I've Got Me" is an assertive indie pop fight-song

 VALA doesn't only sound cool as a cucumber, but their visuals are pretty badass too. These three women (Marie Hines, Kristen Rogers and Holley Maher) released an incredibly hooky, self-assertive self-titled record last month. Its lead single, "I've Got Me," is about not needing anyone else, just yourself. This is especially refreshing in today's pool of love songs. VALA is synth-y, reverberous, rhythmic and danceable. It's been a few decades since the Spice Girls ruled the pop scene, so it's high time for girl groups to make a comeback. I sure hope it's VALA. -Geena Kloeppel



Folkicana is a genre now, we've all been blessed (thanks to Riley Moore's "Pancakes and M&Ms")

Remember Sunday pancakes? Warm mornings on the front porch? Okay, perhaps that's a pretty stereotypical American childhood summer, so to our readers abroad- welcome to our nostalgia! Riley Moore's "Pancakes and M&Ms" is a real diamond in the rough when it comes to country/folk songs about growing up. Somehow, Moore has managed to make new an old concept- and it's not necessarily in the arrangement, which is folksy and nicely executed, but it's definitely in the lyrics. "Watch the sunrise / smell the pancakes / giving Robert Redford handshakes / never thought that they'd be green with M&M." Simple, yet mesmerizing. I might've teared up. Keep your eyes out for Moore's debut album and release show at the Radio Cafe on June 29th. -Geena Kloeppel




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