Two weeks ago, the streets of Brooklyn were filled with a few more cool haircuts, hip kids, and hep-cats than usual: it was the week of CMJ. "But Noisey," you may be thinking, "CMJ is sooooo over!" Although this year's lineup was generally lacking, there were a few surprising gems, and one of those was Nashville's The Paperhead.
I caught The Paperhead at the Trouble In Mind showcase on a particularly cold afternoon at Rough Trade in Williamsburg. Despite my prior belief that all bands playing a day-time CMJ showcase would blend into one giant snooze-fest, I was pleased to be proved wrong. Their sound is a groovy throwback—one that will make you want to revisit The Beatles' vibiest albums. While their self-titled 2011 album explored growing up and moving on, the quartet are entering a brand new chapter with Africa Avenue—named after a street the boys used to hang out on as kids—which is straight up acid-folk perfection.
Stream the album, in full, below.
The Paperhead Tour Dates:
10.27.14 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
10.29.14 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog (W/ Gnarly Davidson)
11.01.14 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11.02.14 – Chicago, IL @ Permanent Records
11.03.14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Franks Power Plant
11.04.14 – St.Louis, MO @ Plush (W/ Tele Novella)