MP3s of MPE

Fans of multi-genre, musical hybrids, pay attention -- the MPE Band is headed this way. Never heard of ´em? Well, you just might want to write that name down because the music critics familiar with the MPE Band are likin’ what they hear. But even so, this Philadelphia-based trio is probably too busy to notice – busy with a featured spot on A&E’s Random 1, criss-crossing the U.S. and Europe (including a two-week, 216-mile walking tour from Philly to D.C.). And, most important, sticking to its genre-defying songwriting.

So how does the band hear itself? “Chinese fire-drill instrumentation, lush harmonies, unshakable melodies, and seat-of-your-pants spontaneity,” they say, referring to their frequent instrument-sharing and musical virtuosity. MPE Band’s mix of folky, jazzy, sometimes rockin' sounds brings comparisons to anything from ABBA, Zappa, Fleetwood Mac, and (yes) the Pixies. But the band’s diversity and individuality can be described in one simple yet expansive word -- Americana.

The MPE Band performs at 7 p.m. Friday at South Shores Tavern (502 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth). Admission is free for 21 and over. Call 561-547-7656, or visit www.southshorestavern.com.
Fri., April 7

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
John Letsch