Sonicbids presentsAmerican Beauties / 27 PLUS / Tom McBride

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Thursday / December 19, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
American Beauties
Tom McBride

Tom McBride, American Beauties, and 27 PLUS share the stage for a night ranging from alt-country folk to soulful rock 'n' roll.

Singer-songwriter Tom McBride brings country, folk, and pop influences to his original songs. “I was trying to identify those songs that I loved as a child and still enjoy now,” McBride says of his third album, Morning in Glen Burnie. “I looked backwards a little bit and dug deeper into some older folk, pop, and country songs by artists like Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, and George Jones. I was challenging myself to simplify my writing, to really dig into more traditional forms and melodies.”

American Beauties plays indie folk rock reminiscent of bands such as the Jayhawks, Wilco, Son Volt, and Crosby Stills Nash and Young. The band’s debut album, Too Worn to Mend, was released last year and has received extensive airplay on college and independent radio in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. It was recorded by Grammy-winning engineer Ducky Carlisle, who played drums and co-produced the album with songwriter Michael Gray.

After forming at Berklee, 27 PLUS has recorded its original, soulful blend of rock ‘n’ roll tunes on its debut EP, Change. The band’s music translates into a fun and energetic live show.

$5 with student ID, $10 general admission