FOOL’S GOLD + THE HAPPY HOLLOWS + LINE & CIRCLE @ THE TROUBADOUR
Photos and words by Scott Sheff
Fresh off their European tour, Fool’s Gold returned home to delight the crowd at The Troubadour with a fiery set of their soulful sounds, a blend of African rhythms and melodies with indie pop. The night was in celebration of the release of the band’s third studio album Flying Lessons.
Before taking the stage, the group received an enthusiastic and warm introduction by Line & Circle’s Brian J. Cohen (vocals/guitar) and Nick Cisik (drums), who happened to open up the night. Fool’s Gold wasted no time and got down to business with a funky opening number that set the tone for the night.
While Fool’s Gold just returned from a trip abroad, another local group – The Happy Hollows – is prepping to head overseas for their first tour there. Led by the powerful and dynamic vocals of Sarah Negahdari, The Happy Hollows delivered a remarkable set of its catchy blend of pop, rock, punk and electronica. If this evening’s performance is any indication, the group is ready to take the UK by storm and win over a set of new fans along the way.
Those lucky enough to doge the rain outside and arrive early were showered inside by the jangly-indie pop sounds of Line & Circle, and kept warm by the rich and soothing vocals of frontman Cohen. In addition to playing favorites like “Roman Ruins” and “Careless,” the group introduced several new songs from its most recent self-titled EP, including “Mesolithic,” a winding guitar-driven song layered with comforting dream pop beats and vocals.