The week in music, from Districts’ alt rock to an exploration of failure by Julian Velard
Monday: The Districts
The Districts are an alternative rock band formed in 2009 in Pennsylvania with a “visceral, genre-blurring” sound on good display in on their 2015 debut with Fat Possum Records, “A Flourish and a Spoil.”
Tuesday: Duke Levine Band
Famed session guitarist Duke Levine and his backing band bring a mix of blues, R&B, jazz and rockabilly, allowing Levine’s genre-spanning guitar skills to shine through. Levine’s lead playing is measured, soulful and precise. The band is touring behind its latest release, “The Fade Out.”
Wednesday: Ghosts of Jupiter
Ghosts of Jupiter are a psychedelic/progressive rock band originating in Boston. The group achieved regional success after releasing a self-titled debut LP and opening for Blue Oyster Cult. The band combines psychedelic influences with pulsing distorted guitar riffs and group vocals.
Thursday: Bryce Vine
Bryce Vine is an alternative rapper and vocalist from New York City – one of the top ascending rappers in the country. His songs combine catchy melodies, witty lyrics and driving beats.
Friday: Restless Streets
Restless Streets are a hard-rock group from Albany, N.Y. The band infuses many influences, including a pop-punk sound similar to The Story So Far, Transit and Four Year Strong. The five-piece band says it “creates their sound as an extension of their own personal lives and experiences.”
Saturday: Julian Velard
Singer-songwriter (and sometime musician on NPR’s “Ask Me Another” game show) Julian Velard is commemorating the release of his fifth record, “Fancy Words For Failure,” with this special album-release show. The pianist/singer confronts themes of failure, disappointment and melancholy in his latest release, available now on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play and Bandcamp.