Tall Heights / Darlingside
Boston's favorite acoustic duo, Tall Heights, have wowed countless audiences on tour around Massachusetts, New England, New York, and D.C. With their catchy and refreshing flavor of acoustic folk/pop, these two have driven themselves past the banal indie-rock drums-and-bass setup, eliciting comparisons to Andrew Belle, Bon Iver, and Glen Hansard.
Classically trained cellist Paul Wright soars with soulful vocals over his antique cello, which he rocks standing up. Guitarist Tim Harrington sports a striking vibrato over folk- and rock-influenced fingerpicking and strumming. But critics agree: It's the harmonies—vocal and instrumental alike—that create something larger than expected from the two quiet hipsters in their mid-20s.
The longtime acquaintances began writing and performing together in 2006. They found themselves instantly inspired by each other's writing styles, passion for vocal harmonies, and musical craftsmanship. Since releasing the full-length Smoke Signals in 2009, Tall Heights have taken to the streets, wowing the thousands of visitors to Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace by day and touring by night.
Darlingside is a Western Massachusetts "string-rock" quintet that is exploding onto stages across the northeast. Together only a year, the group has already played to packed houses from Portland to D.C. Lush five-part vocal harmonies, classical cello/violin duets, and compelling breakbeats characterize the band's sound. Darlingside keeps audiences on their toes with exuberant stage presence, spontaneous a cappella, frequent instrument switches, mind-boggling covers, and a widely eclectic, cross-genre blend of original material. The quintet's unquestionable originality comes from an unlikely hodgepodge of musical backgrounds, which encompass busking, classical trios, ethnomusicology, a cappella groups, boy choirs, and Maine sunset boat cruises.