Photo by Heather Pollock


The Strumbellas

June 7
8 p.m.
Bluegrass, Indie Pop, Pop, Singer-Songwriter

The Strumbellas have racked up a slew of awards in their native Canada, and they’ve topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart with the 2016 international hit “Spirits.” The sextet, led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Simon Ward, moves beyond its initial country-folk emphasis to full-tilt power pop-folk on its effervescent new album Rattlesnake. Despite a few introspective moments, even Ward’s most melancholic musings are doused in shiny, upbeat, anthemic arrangements and massed vocal choruses, amounting to lots of rattle, more shouting than hum. The Moth & The Flame opens.