Good things some to those who … make good music?
Ah, it'd warm our blog band-besotted cackles if it were always so. But there is a happy story to tell about Phosphorescent, the Brooklyn-based, Athens, Ga.-born alt-country band who this spring released the twangy nugget Here's to Taking It Easy, its fourth album of originals.
Earlier this month, after a long NYC night, Matthew Houck and bandmates found that their van, filled with equipment and merchandise (estimated value: $40,000), had been stolen. An online campaign for donations ensued; fellow musicians came to the rescue with loaner gear; and Phosphorescent was back on the road after missing only a couple of tour dates.
Then, a minor miracle: Four days later, police recovered Phosphorescent's van, gear intact. The donations were returned, and the quintet was back on a tour that wends its way to the Troubadour tonight (where J. Tillman and Grouplove support).
As for their new album, it's worthy of the Iron & Wine/Will Oldham comparisons it has received, and it might even do the man Phosphorescent honored with a 2009 covers album — Willie Nelson — proud.
If you need a little bicoastal angst, download: “The Mermaid Parade,” courtesy of their label, Dead Oceans.
Elsewhere: Conor O'Brien, the frontman of the Mercury Prize nominee Villagers who did a short solo set last night at Bardot (it was gorgeous), plays the Hotel Cafe. O'Brien will be back in the U.S. this fall with a full band. … Also at the Hotel Cafe, Jesca Hoop (abetted by Blake Mills) performs songs from her new album “Hunting My Dress.” … And two L.A. bands celebrates the release of new EPs — noise-pop trio Polls plays the Bootleg Theater, and power-pop quartet the Monthlies play Spaceland as part of the ongoing International Pop Overthrow festival.
Also: Midnight Juggernauts at Cinespace; Bear in Heaven and Twin Sister at the Echo; Asking Alexandria, Born of Osiris and others as part of the Thrash & Burn Tour at the House of Blues; Sabrosa Purr, Moving Picture Show and Two Guns at the Viper Room; Jesus Makes the Shotgun Sound and Weave! at the Echoplex; the Sister Ruby Band and Boyz Skule & the Precious Medals at the Silverlake Lounge; Cary Judd at the Mint; Ezra Buchla at Echo Curio; and Wounded Lion's 7 p.m. in-store at Origami Vinyl.