Deep Meaning, Beautiful Voices

Three unique styles come to the Aquarium on Sept. 15

Pinegrove frontman Evan Stephens’ voice perfects the indie-folk staple voice crack.

Fall is on fast approach and I don’t think I feel moody enough. These three acts, coming to the Aquarium on Sept. 15, are sure to get us all in the mood for that existential dread when the leaves start to fall again.


If you have never thought to perfect the indie-folk voice crack this band will defiantly change your mind. Evan Stephens fronts this east coast indie group with the melodic melancholy of a seventies folk trio and the emotional feel of bands like Neutral Milk Hotel.

The band’s sound has evolved since their first album dropped, supplementing a raw acrostic sound for a more booming electric voice.

They never lost their feel or style with introspective lyrics weaving above major folk guitar.

The band does not fit the regular motifs of songwriting but they don’t really have to. The rhythm and lyrics carry the tone into your ear where it can stay for days, proving you don’t need a chorus to make a good song.

The band is based out of Montclair, New Jersey. Stephens told Spin Magazine the group grew up listening to bands like Green Day, Radiohead and Nirvana. This would help explain their punk-like persona.

Stephen Steinbrink

If you think Steinbrink’s album is strange yet familiar that’s because the process to produce the album was strange yet familiar.

The Oakland artist quit his job after losing friends in a fire that affected the DIY scene in his town. He then had a long period of artistic catharsis creating the album in two months, according to Vice News.

The artist said the only thing that stopped his manic LSD-fueled creating was a couple of days spent in the hospital.

It feels sped up and thrown together but with a singular crazed locomotion involved. You can find yourself lost in this album just like Steinbrink felt while creating it.

His sound on the record gives the same feeling that Elliot Smith portrayed in his almost manic search for meaning and resolution. You could almost fool someone into thinking the great Seattle act was inhabiting Steinbrink in some of the tracks.

The synth and drum pads are extremely complementary to this project’s wayward emotion, creating an almost lo-fi feel coupled with the usual suspects like organ and guitar. The music is a defiantly toned down trip through the electric forest.

The guitar has an understated surf-punk vibe. Nothing complicated or riff-based. No one is going to be wowed by his technical chops.

The album is just filled with valid solos that stick to the script of the album.

Common Holly

This act probably hits closest to home for many here in North Dakota.

The Montreal native Common Holly is making waves with her beautiful vocals and lyrical showcase in her album “Playing House”. The album is a lovely portrayal of love lost and given.

If You Go

Who: Pinegrove, Stephen Steinbrink and Common Holly

Where: The Aquarium

When: Sept. 15

Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

Fee: $18 in advance or $22 at the door

Open to all Ages

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