b-sides: Rye Back Porch Sessions

For the fourth year, Rye — located at 900 E. Market St. — is presenting the Back Porch Sessions, a monthly concert series featuring a sharp and eclectic lineup of local talent. Taking place every third Thursday — May through September — in Rye’s parking lot, the free series is a surefire way to see some of the best sounds of the city, in the heart of NuLu. (Note that May 21’s lineup has three bands, but the rest of the dates, at this point, just have a headliner listed. More bands will be announced when each installment just closer. Keep an eye on backporchsessions.com)

May 21
Old Baby, Bitchin Bajas,
Dream Eye Color Wheel
Old Baby kicks off the series with their dark, gritty blues that scatters slow, careful psychedelia throughout. Mixed in with some classic rock sensibilities and Jonathan Glen Wood’s singer-songwriter capabilities, Old Baby is something all their own.

June 18
Twin Limb
Twin Limb is having a hell of a year — their single, “Long Shadow,” from a forthcoming album is excellent, they recently toured with Houndmouth and they also landed a much-deserved spot on Forecastle’s line-up. Dark and haunting, but somehow still sort of ethereal, Twin Limb has a layered and lush sound that is both dreamy and sharp.

July 16
Young Widows
Things get a bit heavier with Young Widows, who unpack thick, chugging guitars that are matched with chilly vocals.

August 20
The Hot Wires
A garage rock trio with psychedelic undertones, The Hot Wires pack a bluesy punch. Unfiltered and raw, but smooth when it matters, they are everything you love about rock n roll.

September 26
1200
The project of Jecorey Arthur, 1200 is one of the most musically ambitious hip-hop acts in town. It’s all there: the production, the content, the stage presence. A local gem.