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Mountain Man, Gaberdine, Ever Isles Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., July 12, 8 p.m. 2011

Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Amelia Randall Meath met as students at tony Bennington College a few years ago and began harmonizing together for kicks in their dorm rooms. Eventually they went public and formed Mountain Man, and last year they released their first album, Made the Harbor (Partisan). None of the women is an exceptional singer, and their harmonies aren't exactly groundbreaking; what makes the group compelling and fun is the sense of camaraderie they exude and the palpable joy in their voices. Aside from a cover of the early Don Redman jazz tune "How'm I Doin'," the songs are originals, but they sound as archetypal as any public-domain number—all the different genres and melodic ideas the group plays with are old and familiar. Sarle, Sauser-Monnig, and Meath nonchalantly collide old-timey music, jazz-age hep harmony, and even Renaissance madrigals, but because they're not trying to duplicate any one style, they never fall into a dusty cubbyhole and get stuck. Sparse acoustic guitar occasionally traces chord changes under the singing, but for the most part Mountain Man is pure, infectious a cappella. —Peter Margasak

Price: $10

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