Photo courtesy of The Districts

This week’s Listening Party features Pennsylvania soul-rock group The Districts. Don’t miss their upcoming show  this Thursday at Brooklyn’s very own Baby’s All Right.  Listening Party is a curated weekly column promoting music discovery and encouraging concert-going. Featuring someone we’ve been jamming out to and we recommend to the masses, each Listening Party artist has an upcoming show at a local NYC venue. Grab your headphones and read on.

WHO:  Robby Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus and Braden Lawrence

THEY SAY:  “My Morning Jacket meets Ryan Adams”

WE SAY:  If bourbon had a voice ; sweet and smokey indie rock

FROM: Lititz, Pennsylvania


LABELS: Fat Possum

RECENT WORK: Their self-titled EP, out January 28th.

UPCOMING SHOW:  Next Thursday (1/30) at Baby’s All Right (with Modern Merchant)

The Districts are what you wish your high school garage band grew up to be: genre-bending rock, jam-packed with electrifying soul and funk.  The shockingly young band members produce full-grown sounds – and they’re getting noticed for it. The group smoothly navigates and blends indie rock, blues, folk, soul, funk  to generate a robust, unique genre that will win over fans of The Alabama Shakes and The Smart Brothers.  Lead singer/guitarist Robby Grote croons vocals in  styles from delicate and raspy to heart-wrenchingly gruff. Sexy and smokey, indeed. Bandmates Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus and Braden Lawrence provide constant guitar riffs and swelling cymbal-crashes, while the surprise harmonicas, banjos, fiddles, and piano keys tucked intermittently make every track a treat.

The Districts will be rocking out at Baby’s All Right this Thursday for the release of their self-titled EP with Fat Possum. The collection is a repackaging of their 2012 self-released debut, Telephone, but includes three remastered tracks and two spankin’ new additions. Yee-haw.