Six Picks: The Best in Local Music This Week (May 17-23)

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Our weekly music column “Six Picks” searches around the state seeking the best in local music. Two-part harmony seem to be the theme this week as we catch up with several shows that feature duo’s singing in perfect accord. That, plus a rock and roll legend who’s still going strong in her late 70’s. Read on for all the details.

Hallelujah the Hills Thursday at Alchemy (Providence)

Catch one of Boston’s best indie bands tonight when Hallelujah the Hills take the stage as the Outlaw Roadshow returns to Alchemy in Providence. Formed in 2005, the band has earned a good deal of indie cred over the years with the Boston Phoenix declaring them “one of Boston’s most prized pop possessions.” Supporting acts include Sinnet and Elisa Smith. Details here.

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The Sea The Sea Friday at Hope and Main (Warren)

New York based The Sea The Sea will entertain with their sweet harmonies Friday night at Hope and Main in Warren. The folk-pop band fronted by duo Mira Stanley and Chuck Costa has received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, and were featured on Huffington Post. They’re releasing a new album From the Light in June. John Farrone opens. Details here.

Darlene Love Saturday at Park Theatre (Cranston)

Rock and Roll legend Darlene Love plays Cranston’s Park Theatre Saturday. Love, who got her start in the early 60’s working with Phil Spector, is best known for her holiday hit “Christmas, Baby Please Come Home. She also sang on numerous other “wall of sound” classics like “He’s a Rebel” and “Wait Till My Bobby Gets Home.” Check out the exquisite harmonies on the 1963 Ellie Greenwich/Jeff Barry classic below. Tickets still available – details here.

 

Heather Maloney Saturday at Common Fence (Portsmouth)

It’s the final weekend of the season at Common Fence Point in Portsmouth and Saturday night there’s an EP release show starring Heather Maloney. She’ll be joined on-stage by guitarist and vocalist Ryan Hommel (The Sweetback Sisters), who also co-produced the new EP, Just Enough Sun. Tickets and further details here.

Front Porch Concert Saturday (Providence)

“Barefoot in the Grass: A Front Porch Concert” is an annual house concert featuring a gaggle of PVD’s best singer-songwriters. Saturday’s show at 12 Observatory Ave in Providence features Avi Jacob, Kate Mick, Barn Burning, Annie Kennedy & Pete Vendettuoli and The Swampbirds, among others. Music starts at 1PM and goes late into the evening. Details here.

Indigo Girls Wednesday May 23 at the Strand (Providence)

They had to cancel in March due to Emily Salier’s recent illness, but the Indigo Girls finally return for a long awaited show at The Strand next Wednesday May 23. The group is one of the most successful singing duos of all time with a #1 hit in each of the past four decades.  Tickets still available here. Meanwhile, check out a personal favorite as the Indigo Girls cover Elton John.

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