Saturday at Solid Sound
Published on June 24, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about the Solid Sound music festival, and bands such as Lucius, Yo La Tengo, Low and, of course, Wilco.

Here's an excerpt:

The Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA is the sort of event that just keeps topping itself. 2011’s festival was very good; this was even better. Granted, I only attended day two of the three-day festival. But day two featured an incredible line-up of up-and-coming bands and singer-songwriters, groups and musicians currently in their primes and alternative rock legends and cult favorites. If you like music, Solid Sound will not let you down.

I attended Solid Sound with my friend Monica, and we got there fairly early to see the band Lucius, a five-piece, female-fronted folk/rock/pop band. I’d never heard of Lucius before, but I trust Monica’s judgment, and I think it’s safe to say that Lucius was the discovery of the festival, at least for me. From the pure and vibrant vocal stylings of lead singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, to the unusual rhythms and crisp musicianship, this is a young band with a rich, full sound that makes you sit up and pay attention. Lucius’ songs run the emotional gamut, from light to dark and back again, and the band’s stage presence is both mysterious and welcoming, while their sound swings seamlessly from complex and catchy to spare and simple. They were so good that Monica and I decided to catch their acoustic set inside Mass MoCA’s large Building 5 gallery, where two enormous phoenixes constructed by Chinese artist Xu Bing currently hang.

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