A sleeper standout of 2013, local songwriter Kristine Leschper crafts breathtakingly fragile folk songs as Mothers. Leschper’s expressive, amorphous vocal delivery lends her music an indeterminate feel, though the simplicity of her setup—voice, guitar—and lack of effects creates an immediacy not found in the work of acts like Grouper. The other bands on the bill are also worth checking out. The new brainchild of George Huntington, and featuring members of New Wives and Dana Swimmer, Padre plays a playful and purposeful brand of college-rock. Local El Hollín continues to ply its indie-folk trade with increasingly impressive results. Places to Hide is a name to know: the highly lyrical, noise-inflected guitar-pop showcased on the Atlanta-based group’s debut LP hints at big things to come.
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