It's strange how a band named Golden Afternoon, which flaunts a sunny, crisp, summery feeling through their acoustic music and bright yellow album cover, can sing a song about winter and get away with it. Yet, that's just what this band does with flying colors on the track "Winter Has Come," led by Elizabeth Messick's jazzy vocals and a variety of backing string instruments ranging from mandolin to ukulele. With only a few songs, Golden Afternoon provide the easy going feel of classic jazz but with an updated, dark quality that haunts you, yet their mystery keeps you asking for more. Check them out tonight at Alex's Bar with Flying Sparks, Two Guns, and The Memorial Highway.
Fri., June 21, 8 p.m., 2013