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Tuned In: Men I Trust, and more

  • Della Mae

  • Men I Trust

  • Mtali Shaka Banda Oneness Project

  • Real Estate


Friday, April 13, 2018

Does your mind need a spring cleaning? The calming music of Montreal indie band Men I Trust is like a warm night with the windows open, a gentle breeze rustling through.

“Show Me How” is their latest single, a prime example of post-Mac DeMarco pop, casting a spell with a smooth, pristine, dreamy groove and vocalist Emmanuelle Proulx’s breathy voice and chorus-drenched, reverb-swaddled electric guitar.

All of their recent recordings share that hypnotic quality, like “I Hope To Be Around,” with its gentle, burbling synth bass, and “Tailwhip,” which ups the beats-per-minute with a percolating rhythm perfect for the dance floor or roller skating rink.

Men I Trust are proud do-it-yourselfers, recording and releasing their music on their own with no help of a label — they also make their own videos — and what’s more, they’re a solid live band, playing with clarity and simplicity.

As proof, the band has released many live videos, including one filmed in a verdant, wind-rustled Canadian field (“Break for Lovers”) and another in an attic (“Tailwhip”), both of which allow the ace playing of bassist Jessy, keyboardist Dragos and drummer Mathieu to shine. 

The band’s music creates a mood that’s of the moment, but also timeless, with an inviting melancholy and airiness found in some of the best ‘70s soft rock.

See Men I Trust at The Iron Horse in Northampton on Friday (tonight) at 10 p.m. Opening the show is Fire Letters, a guitar and synth duo from western MA by way of Puerto Rico. 

Jangly Brooklyn rock band Real Estate appears at Pearl Street on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Wet Tuna, the duo of Matt “MV” Valentine and Pat “P.G. Six” Gubler, starts off the night.

The Steamrollers, Noise Nomads, and Tumble Cat Poof Poofy Poof make an in-store appearance at Mystery Train Records in Amherst on Saturday at 6 p.m. It’s also the last chance to see the art of Crystal Regan on display. Free, but donations are suggested for the touring artists.

Saxophonist Mtali Shaka Banda (at right) brings his Oneness Project to The Parlor Room in Northampton  on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards, best known for his breezy 1971 hit “Sunshine,” returns to The Iron Horse on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Australian-born vocalist/guitarist Fatai appears at The Parlor Room on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Boston bluegrass band Della Mae, (at left) plays the Iron Horse on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Vocalist/violinist Terry Jenoure and her group Bejewelled (Jin Hi Kim on komungo, Sibylle Pomorin on flute, Angelica Sanchez on piano, and dancer Maria Mitchell) is the featured act at the latest Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concert, at Springfield Community Music School in Springfield on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Acoustic instrumentalists Hawktail (Brittany Haas on fiddle, Paul Kowert on bass, Jordan Tice on guitar and Dominick Leslie on Mandolin) take the stage at the intimate Parlor Room on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Hollow Deck, Angela Sawyer and Zebu play the Feeding Tube Records Showcase at The Root Cellar in Greenfield on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Philadelphia’s acclaimed indie-rock band Palm is joined by locals Taxidermists, Snowhaus and Hot Dirt at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.