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Moon Bros.

Shaina Hoffman

Moon Bros. 

When: Tue., July 12, 10 p.m. 2016
Price: $5
Longtime improvised-music scene fixture and guitarist Matthew Schneider continues his transformation into a languid, spaced-out folkie on These Stars (Western Vinyl), the lovely new record from his Moon Bros. project. Once upon a time it seemed like Schneider was poised to be a key figure on the local jazz scene, but he kept refusing to privilege any specific genre. With the emergence of Moon Bros., Schneider now gravitates toward a hazy kind of psych-folk that takes inspiration from the likes of Tim Hardin and Fred Neil, mining turf not too far from the guitarist’s onetime roommate Ryley Walker. Previously Schneider stuck to mostly instrumental material, but he sings all over the new record with a charmingly wobbly intonation that fills in the crevices of the loose arrangements with a kind of liquid wooziness. He’s joined by a terrific cast of helpers, with bassist Matthew Lux adding some essential bottom, drummer Dan Bitney contributing gentle, unobtrusive grooves, and pedal-steel player Sam Wagster providing lush melodic filigree. Schneider’s nimble acoustic playing sketches out the ambling shapes of his songs, and he nonchalantly unfurls lots of lovely, spidery passages, underplaying a quiet virtuosity further obscured by Bob Dylan-grade harmonica playing. For tonight’s record-release show his band includes Lux, Wagster, and fellow guitarist Brian Sulpizio.
— Peter Margasak

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