Canadian singer Dallas Green croons sleepy songs under the name City & Colour, blending easy-listening arrangements and soft washes of strings with laid-back vocals. “I don't know what drugs to take to successfully alter the state that my mind has been in of late,” he croons mournfully on “Of Space and Time,” from his fourth album, The Hurry and the Harm. Green belies the title of tracks like “Harder Than Stone” with gentle vocals and acoustic-guitar strumming. There are occasional moments of beauty, such as “Ladies and Gentlemen,” amid all the quiet and empty spaces on the new album. Brooklyn indie-pop quintet Lucius also stirs up a mellow sound on new full-length Wildewoman, but lead singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig have much richer, more melodiously pleasing voices, and their bittersweet harmonies are loaded with dreamy pop potential.
Thu., Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m., 2014
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