'Artist To Watch' Milo Greene To Perform Ann Arbor Show

Indie group Milo Greene will perform 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at Ann Arbor's Blind Pig. The quintet behind the ethereal folk-tinged sound of the band released their self-titled debut in July, landing them on Esquire's list of "2012's Artists to Watch." Entertainment Weekly tagged their first single, "1957," for its "Single Swap," recommending it for fans of Mumford & Sons "Little Lion Man."

"Milo Greene makes folk-tinged music with perfectly blended male-female harmonies, but they marry that sound with thunderous live drums and infectious sing along choruses," said NPR Music, singling out Milo Greene as one of the most promising new bands in its "Music We Missed in 2011's post.

The LA Weekly, which named Milo Greene as one of five must-see L.A. bands at SXSW, said: "Following in the footsteps of groups like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes...the outfit blends complex harmonies with folk-pop, which has elicited comparisons to bands like Fleet Foxes and Local Natives." "Milo Greene makes incredibly aware cinematic pop music that seems to pause at all the right moments: the ones that paw at those taut heartstrings to elicit the correct emotions," observed The Portland Mercury.

Enlisting Ryan Hadlock (Ra Ra Riot, Blonde Redhead, The Gossip) as co-producer, Milo Greene retreated to Bear Creek Studio, a converted turn-of-the-century barn outside Seattle, to record its debut album. The setting clearly suited the band's entrancing, emotional soundscapes. From the hypnotic "Autumn Tree" and shimmering "Don't You Give Up On Me" to the infectious "1957" and delicate "Silent Way," Milo Greene's ruminations on life and love are timeless, capturing subtle nuances and rendering them with complex harmonies and organic, richly textured instrumentation.

For more information on Milo Green's Nov. 1 gig in Ann Arbor, visit http://www.blindpigmusic.com.

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