Monthly Archives: March 2013

Dan Croll: Compliment Your Soul

Dan Croll

One look at Dan Croll and you assume he’s another lanky, British lad in an indie rock band. While this is sort-of the case (he did grow up in Liverpool, attended the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and interacted with a British rocker you may have heard of, Paul McCartney), Croll carves out a unique place between two different genres. I’m a fan. As beautifully stated by Paul Lester of The Guardian’s “New Band of the Day,” “He’s the electro boy with one foot in the world of folk, the troubadour who can handle himself quite nicely, thank you, with computers, and the indie kid who shares management with some Very Successful Artists Indeed, including Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and Conor Maynard.” Impressive.

I’ve refrained from posting about Croll for weeks now, for fear of stretching the Second Fiddle folk genre (which is tough to do after hearing “Compliment Your Soul,” how can you hear that and not smile?!?) However, after further investigation I have deduced that Croll does wonders with folk-infused electronic hooks. Boom, relevance.

His EP From Nowhere dropped on March 5. The title track is repeat-worthy, and “Wanna Know” (above) is a slower, sexier single with falsetto and R&B hints that would make Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos proud. Just when I thought Croll was “too electronic” for Second Fiddle, I came across this video (below) that seems to put him right at home in this space. Enjoy.

Dan Croll – Home (Live at the Paul McCartney Auditorium) from Dan Croll on Vimeo

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PigPen Theatre Co and the Parkington Sisters: Folk Forces

PigPen Theatre Co

Allow me to obsess over PigPen Theatre Co again. The stars aligned in Boston on Wednesday night and this swoon-worthy seven-piece left their NYC hometown for a trip to New England. The combination of sweet harmonies, small venue (at Berklee, no less, where performing is encouraged) and earnest crowd made for an incredibly warm concert. Their journey-seeking songs took on new meaning in this unfamiliar territory. It was interesting to locate the plot of this folk musical, seamlessly showcased in concert form. The men of PigPen carry equal weight, which emphasizes the importance and vibrance of their collective talent.

Lest us not forget their powerful opener, Massachusetts’ own Parkington Sisters. This sister quartet have incredible vocal and instrumental strength; four bandmates rival PigPen’s seven.  The evening ended in a “sing-off” between the two groups. This potential battle of the sexes turned into the most beautiful collaboration of The Band’s “The Weight.” Combine two groups who understand the importance of harmony and BAM- literal music to your ears. Thanks for making the trip up north, PigPen. You’re welcome here anytime.

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