The LA-based, Michigan-bred folk quartet Lord Huron is the brainchild of its frontman and lead singer, Ben Schneider. Naming the group after the Great Lake where he spent his formative years, Schneider has so far crafted a catalogue of music that’s simultaneously very traditional and yet modern enough to capture our darting attention spans.
Lord Huron encompasses the jangling pop of the Head and the Heart; the slower, more reflective moods of Ray LaMontagne; and the rural twang of Trampled by Turtles. The band's latest record, Strange Trails, fully embraces the role of traveling storyteller, of the troubadour, with song titles that read like chapters in a novel, including the record’s singles “Fool for Love,” “The Night We Met,” and the eerie, haunting, '50s rockabilly/surf rock-inspired tune, “The World Ender.”
Joining Lord Huron in Miami this week is Lucy Dacus, a singer/songwriter from Richmond, Virginia, whose debut LP, No Burden, has the critics gushing. Noisey, Spin, Stereogum, and even the snobby hate monsters at Pitchfork love No Burden — and with good reason. It’s a tight and righteous indie rock record with plenty of snarling riffs and vocals by Dacus that sound a bit like a pissed-off Sharon Van Etten (which is still pretty calm, actually).