John Mark Nelson (album release)

As a teen, John Mark Nelson wrote impassioned acoustic pop gems that showed far more maturity than what the birthdate on his driver's license suggested. The Minnetonka High School graduate's Kickstarter-funded Sings the Moon shows even more growth. The insightful chamber-folk studies of the joys, trials, and tribulations of modern life are all set to lush, swelling arrangements that feature strings, horns, mandolin, and piano, in addition to Nelson's sprightly guitar work. There are hints of the Beach Boys and the Beatles within Nelson's work, along with more modern influences like Andrew Bird, but he combines these styles in his own distinctive way. (Photo by Nick Fay)
Sat., June 28, 7 p.m., 2014

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