The week in music, with Black Tie Stereo and prog-bluegrass Mamma’s Marmalade
21-plus show at 9 p.m. at The Plough & Stars, 912 Massachusetts Ave., Mid-Cambridge near Central Square. Free. The bill includes The Sidemen and The YeahTones.
This is Morningbird’s second appearance on This Week in Music, following a stellar performance at Thunder Road in June. An up-and-coming band formed at Berklee, Morningbird fuses classic rock and modern indie influences for a sound that ranges from The Eagles to Arctic Monkeys. The band’s first full-length record, “Only Believe in Love,” is slated for release this year. A portion is available on Onesheet, including standout tracks “Time Will Fade” and “Love in Reverse (Kodi’s Song).”
Monday: Black Tie Stereo
Black Tie Stereo’s sound often walks the line between rock and power pop, reminiscent of Train, Weezer and The Killers. Led by frontman Stephen Murphy, the group is one of the premiere ascending pop acts on the East Coast.
Tuesday: This Wild Life
This Wild Life are an acoustic rock duo that, much like Black Tie Stereo, blend elements of pop and rock influences to forge a modern sound. The band is Kevin Jordan (vocals, guitar) and Anthony Del Grosso (guitar).
Wednesday: Arum Rae
Brooklyn singer-songwriter Arum Rae has a sound highlighted by powerful vocals influenced by jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, as well as a variety of artists including Bob Dylan and Outkast. Perhaps the most apt comparison is to the late Amy Winehouse.
Thursday: Thurston Moore Group
The Thurston Moore Group plays alternative and experimental rock tunes, grounded by a strong rhythm section and the pulsing riffs of guitarist and vocalist Moore. We’ve heard this before from Moore – in Sonic Youth.
Friday: Conor Oberst
Reason enough to cross the river. Former Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst has built a successful solo career on music spanning Southern rock, modern indie and acoustic Americana. Lyrically, Oberst focuses on “uncommon insight, detail and political awareness” (if he does say so himself).
Saturday: Mamma’s Marmalade
All-ages show at 4 p.m. at Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., East Cambridge near Inman Square. Free, though a $5 donation is suggested.
Mamma’s Marmalade is a progressive bluegrass band formed in Amherst in 2014 combining a traditional folk instrumentation with modern influences and a self-proclaimed “exciting new energy.” The quintet consists of Lily Sexton (fiddle, vocals), Rich Hennessy (banjo, vocals), Sean Davis (guitar, vocals) and brothers Mitch Bordage (mandolin, vocals), and Curtis Bordage (bass).