Even if British soft-folkster David Gray hasn't been a fixture in your playlist since his days as Radiohead's opening act in the mid-'90s (or ever), do consider attending his April 14 show at Fillmore Miami Beach if only to see his opener, Phosphorescent.
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For the past five years, frontman Matthew Houck and his Brooklyn-based band have overwhelmed audiences with gritty songs about cocaine, mermaids and wolves, and took the next obvious step with 2009's To Willie, a collection of Willie Nelson covers. In all cases, Houck's stage presence is as complex and twisted as his curly beard, and few singers can out-Will-Oldham Will Oldham when it comes to a perfect, fractured vocal.
Expect to hear "It's Hard to be Humble (When You're From Alabama)," the first track released from Phosphorescent's forthcoming Here's to Taking it Easy -- now streaming over at Pitchfork. For further proof, watch this video of "A Picture of Our Torn-Up Praise":