Northampton-based Darlingside has a sound seeped in tradition, yet with a spritely pop momentum. Cello, violin, acoustic and bass guitar blend together elegantly, with crisp front-and-center percussion driving it forward, and soulful, impassioned vocals that break out into glorious 5-part harmony. Featured at times are are violin and cello duets; mandolin and pennywhistle add to the traditional and timeless feel.

Darlingside has shared stages with Guster, Nada Surf, David Wax Museum and others, and have performed up and down the East Coast – over 100 shows last year. Their musical backgrounds include classical cello; an interest in the traditional music of Brazil, Turkey and Ireland; a drumming style influenced by jazz, funk, hip-hop, and rock; and time spent in an acappella group. They recently released their debut 6-track, self-produced EP, and will be recording their first full-length album in May.

Performances this month include Willimantic (CT), Toronto, Chicago, Kansas City, SXSW in Austin, and a few shows in the South. They’ll be in Philadelphia and NYC at the end of the month, Northampton Mass. in April, and in Boston at cafe 939 on May 5. See their concert listings for more info.

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