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Friday, May 21, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Mumford & Sons

Posted By on Fri, May 21, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Not really related
  • Not really related

The name is a cutesy affectation, of course: Singer-guitarist Marcus Mumford leads Mumford & Sons, but the quartet’s members aren’t related. Or you could say they’re related the same way the Ramones were. Either way, they’re breakout members of the burgeoning underground London folk scene, bypassing Noah and the Whale and Laura Marling to the top of Britain’s pop chart and a place in the worldwide buzz bin. It’s all happened rather quickly for this organic bunch, who trade in a sort of Celtic-bluegrass-pop hybrid that encompasses lots of indie-rock flourishes. Their debut album, Sigh No More, is a case of the right taste at the right time. Australian quintet the Middle East opens this show, and the bucolic and intricately arranged indie-pop found on their debut EP — the imaginatively titled The Recordings of the Middle East — is worth showing up early for. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom. It's sold out. —Chris Drabick

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