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Smart bets: Sweet Claudette and Bombadil

Four- and six-part vocal harmonies and multicolored kazoos captivate audiences when Western North Carolina supergroup Sweet Claudette takes the stage. The country Motown quartet, composed of Amanda Platt (The Honeycutters), Melissa Hyman (The Moon and You), Amber Lyle Sims and Dulci Ellenberger (Now You See Them), supplements itsr intricate vocals with cello, banjo, melodica and […]

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Smart bets: Allah-Las

Los Angeles surf rockers Allah-Las love the beach, and if songs like “Sacred Sands” and “Catamaran” don’t get the point across, the band’s most recent album, Worship the Sun, certainly will. The quartet’s meandering guitar parts and prominent vocal harmonies recall a vintage Beach Boys vibe but remind listeners that a day on the Pacific […]

PASSAGE TO INDIA: “Vigorous sweetness” is a pretty good descriptor for the tunes on Suno Deko’s debut EP, Thrown Color. Soaring arrangements are elegantly paired with stream-of-consciousness reflections on large-scale questions of wonder and awe. The project of Atlanta-based musician David Courtright takes its name from two Hindi words. Photo courtesy of the musician

Atlanta’s Suno Deko crafts wide-eyed, loop-based experiment­al pop

Even a fleeting experience with the music of Suno Deko will inevitably be a pleasant experience. The shimmering, experimental-pop project of Atlanta-based musician David Courtright takes the stage at The Mothlight on Sunday, Nov. 9. Building his songs primarily on intertwining, gently cascading electric guitar lines and sinewy vocal parts in the vein of Ben […]

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Smart bets: Resonant Rogues’ variety show

You’ve got to admire the forethought of Resonant Rogues, an Asheville band holding a variety show to kick off its Kickstarter campaign. The event, called Revue Nouveau, promises an “unparalleled collection of local talent” to visually supplement the old-time and gypsy jazzers’ vocal harmonies and string-heavy instrumentation. Puppeteer Madison Cripps, burlesque afficionado Memphis Moonshine and […]