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The songwriting vehicle of North Carolina musician M.C. Taylor, Hiss Golden Messenger puts a loose, vaguely psychedelic spin on dirty-boot Americana, as heard on his most recent full-length, 2017’s soulful Hallelujah Anyhow, an urging of empathy in the Trump era. Last year, Merge released a box set, Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children, featuring remastered versions of three existing Hiss LPs, plus a collection of rarities. In February, Taylor dropped two new tracks, the twangy “Watching the Wires” and gospel-tinged “Everybody Needs Somebody,” both featuring vocals from Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso. L.A. folkie Anna St. Louis opens Thursday’s Rooftop show.
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER North Carolina's M.C. Taylor plays laid-back folk-rock with hints of Wilco and The Grateful Dead. See Calendar Pick on p. 16.
ANNA ST. LOUIS L.A.-based indie-rock singer-songwriter.