Centered around husband-wife duo JT Nero and Allison Russell, Birds of Chicago is a sprawling collective of soul-inflected, groove-based Americana from the Midwest. The Los Angeles Times calls the band “this year’s biggest roots surprise” – and, indeed, their self-titled debut record has propelled them into the imagination of bluegrass audiences and rock critics alike. MASS MoCA’s Courtyard D is perfect for soaring vocals bouncing around the bricks – does anyone remember Hurray for the Riff Raff last year or Lake Street Dive and The Lone Bellow the year before? Birds of Chicago keeps the tradition alive with a rope of vocal harmonies and one of this season’s most danceable catalogs.
Birds of Chicago: Trampoline
Birds of Chicago: Cannonball