Elliott Brood

Toronto folk-rock hybrid Elliott Brood specializes in boot-thumping Frankensteins of country songs. The band's second full-length, 2008’s Mountain Meadows, is constructed of plucked banjo and strummed ukulele, saloon piano and horns, with a rock edge supplied by frontman Mark Sasso's hoarse howl. The band is currently working on its third full-length, and because Elliott Brood likes to “road-test” songs before recording them, it’s likely that audiences will get to hear plenty of brand-new material from the band. And while Mountain Meadows is a good reflection of the band’s skill, Elliott Brood is one of those bands you just have to see live – and in an outdoor setting, it should be even better. KEXP Mural Concert Series, with Grand Hallway, Gabriel Mintz. SARA BRICKNER

Fri., Aug. 6, 5 p.m., 2010

 
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