When: Tue., May 31, 8 p.m. 2016
The name Mutual Benefit sounds like a life insurance company, not a band. Luckily, singer-songwriter Jordan Lee is better at making music than coining appellations, and this group makes lovely hippie singer-songwriter folk. The band’s lineup consists of whomever Lee feels like playing with, and the drifty collaborative vibe is anchored by quietly impressive melodies that would put him high on the charts if we lived in a time when hippie-folk still charted. Lee will instead have to settle for niche success, which his new album, Skip a Sinking Stone (Mom + Pop), seems set to carve out following his highly acclaimed 2013 debut, Love’s Crushing Diamond. Standout track “Getting Gone” is a gently ravishing earworm that celebrates counterculture rambling a la Glen Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind” or Simon and Garfunkel’s “America.” “Out from the sleeping bag / Another day to be had,” Lee sings, the off rhyme rolling you along as the keyboard washes, psychedelic flourishes, and vague stoned insights take over your pleasure centers. If you like your hooks twee, ignore the name, Mutual Benefit is the band you’re looking for.
Price: $15, $12 in advance