NEWPORT ACCLAIM FROM NPR MUSIC, BILLBOARD, ROLLING STONE, PASTE
Kingsley Flood – the breakout band whose Newport set grabbed the attention of NPR Music, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Paste – has announced a headlining set at Mercury Lounge September 12. The band also taped a Paste Magazine session on-site and will open for Josh Ritter in August.
Drawing comparisons to The Replacements, Deer Tick, Lucero, Wilco, and the Clash, the band's six members tore up the stage in a misting rain, with lead singer Naseem Khuri ripping at his guitar while Jenée Morgan Force alternated between violin and saxophone, forming an impromptu horn section with keyboardist Chris Barrett picking up the trumpet. NPR Music streamed the set.
Rolling Stone's James Joiner said, "Kingsley Flood kicked off the main stage, shirking the rain with puddle-splashing, foot-stomping folk rock and their signature high energy."
Billboard's Devon Maloney wrote, "Special props ought to be given to a pre-rain, fest-opening set by energetic Boston mainstays Kingsley Flood."
WHO: Breakout band Kingsley Flood
WHAT: Headlining show featuring songs from 'Battles'
WHEN: 9:30pm, Thursday, September 12, 2013
WHERE: Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston St., NYC
TICKETS: $10 advance / $12 day of show
Paste Magazine's Dacey Orr named them one of ten bands to catch at Newport, saying, "This hardworking band is rapidly making an impression nationally. Their recent album 'Battles' holds several tracks that translate into rowdy on-stage anthems."
American Songwriter's Sean Maloney testified, "We had never heard these guys before but we were gobsmacked – GOBSMACKED – by the Boston band’s soulful, folk rockin’ shimmy on the Fort Stage. We heard echoes of X’s sun-scorched punk, moments of Muscle Shoals groove and some gnarly fuzz bass, which was the last thing we thought we would hear at a folk festival. It was great way to kick off our fest and their new album Battles made a great soundtrack for the ride home."