Concert Previews

Show Preview: The Oh Hellos w/ Cereus Bright and Family and Friends


A three-fold folk frenzy is taking over the Pour House on Thursday November 5, and you’re invited.

Headliners The Oh Hellos are a sister-brother duo from Texas, who will be pouring their hearts out onstage via their new full-length Dear Wormwood. The album most notably features some beautiful escalating transcendental echoes like “Prelude,” “The Blue Hours of Morning,” and “Caesar.” The riverdance-inspo of “Soldier, Poet, King” will be danceable, along with upbeat ballad “Bitter Water,” while “Exeunt” and “Danse Macabre” offer big, dark sounds and moments for reflection.

Cereus Bright of Knoxville, Tenn. trades in the acoustic pop trend for pure folk. A duo transformed into a full band and more intense sound, which is appreciated, particularly in sonically interesting and intricate “Chatanooga.” “Stella” is uber groovy and light-hearted, while 2014’s “Winds of Change” takes a country rock leaning. They’ve been in Paste and American Songwriter magazines. You real-folk-diehards will be giddy for this one.

The band to look out for, however, is Family and Friends, who I stumbled upon only a few weeks ago via Spotify Discovery. Thank you, playlist gods. The ensemble brings indie folk rock new sonic levels with guitar, percussion, harp, upright bass, viola, and a balance of sweet and yearning vocals with group echoes. Hit song “Amadeus” from the group’s July EP XOXO is a standout, but my personal favorite is lyrically incredible and sincerely emotional “My Life, My Love” from 2014 EP Love You Mean It. The sonic build-up and rhythmic shifts are pretty epic. Don’t miss these guys!

This show is for fans of: Sufjan Stevens, The Head and the Heart, Milo Greene, The Avett Brothers, Lord Huron, Ivan & Alyosha, Fleet Foxes

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