CD Reviews: The latest from Nik & the Central Plains and other local acts 

click to enlarge cd_nikcolor_15.jpg

Nik & the Central Plains
Walk on Beaches

The locals return with an eclectic mix of guitar rock and alt-folk. At times, Nik Westman, who normally channels Neil Young and '90s alt-country, finds a space that's a bit closer to Pavement. Rockers like the title track and "Trash Can Fire" tread aggressive territory with lyrics that verge on silly (but not bad), and Westman shines in simpler tunes like the infectious and pretty "Shade of Blue."

By Andy Mulkerin

Nik & the Central Plains release shows April 22-23, Thunderbird Café, 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.


click to enlarge cd_jdeichercolor_15.jpg

JD Eicher & the Goodnights

This quartet deliberately shifts among pop styles, with friendly, sometimes gentle melodies and frequent suggestions of folk music as well as hints of self-acknowledged influences from The Beatles, the Dave Matthews Band and David Gray. A kind of gentle innocence pervades, as if not trying to grab you as it passes by, but hoping you'll be touched; most of the lamenting words pine for moved-on love.

By Gordon Spencer

JD Eicher & the Goodnights release show April 29, Hard Rock Café, Station Square.


click to enlarge cd_barebranchescolor_15.jpg

Bare Branches

Well-written (and craftily packaged) indie rock from the Butler band formerly known as Hand Drawn Mountains. The band makes oblique references to its members' Christian faith; if that turns you off, you might stay away, but they never proselytize, so most folks shouldn't be bugged. Lush, epic songs of longing and growing up, with deep, charismatic vocals. Well done.

By Andy Mulkerin


Latest in New Releases


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


Submit an event


Sign up for Daily Rundown and get the freshest content sent right to your inbox.


Looking for a new job?

Use our search engine or sign up for job alerts below.

Powered by ZipRecruiter

© 2017 Pittsburgh City Paper

Website powered by Foundation

National Advertising by VMG Advertising