8 Hauntingly Good Performances To Catch This Undead Music Week

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Graphics by Sarah Tarlin

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This Undead Music Week has a lineup full of hauntingly good performances! We’ll start the week off strong with three brand new live sets, and we’ll also sprinkle in some archived favorites across the days. Read on for our list of eight live sets to catch and to find out when you can tune in to hear them.

FRIDAY 10/13 @ 4PM


Just in time for their upcoming show at the Sinclair on October 14th comes our new live session with Say She She. The all-female trio will transport you into a serene sonic universe full of airy vocal notes and groovy, largely electronic backgrounds. Their songs will have you picturing yourself at the disco, swaying your hips along. We couldn’t ask for a better live set to kick off Undead Music Week!




If you get chills listening to the Lumineers’ “Caves,” then you’ll surely feel the same way while listening to the music of its original singer and writer, Gregory Alan Isakov. His live set comes new this Undead Music Week. Isakov’s deep voice shines against indie-rock and folk-infused backings in tracks like “San Luis” and “The Stable Song.” Start your morning by hearing it on the Coffee House.





We don’t often have musicals as part of our Live Music Week lineups, but this one is just too good to skip out on including! Lizzie: The Musical covers the story of Lizzie Borden, who murdered her two parents. The dark nature of the subject matter gets translated into an emotional, moody cache of songs.The cast rock out on the electric guitar-heavy “Gotta Get Out of Here,” and then there’s also ballads like “Maybe Someday.” Don’t miss out on this live set on Sunday’s Standing Room Only.

MONDAY 10/16 @ 6PM


We’ve been fans of Margaret Glaspy way longer than since the release of her new single “Act Natural,” and this 2016 live session from her is proof! Hear her play singles from her 2016 album Emotions and Math. Her voice has an almost jazzy quality, and paired with rock instrumentation it creates quite an alluring sound. You’ll be glad we’re pulling this one out of the archives!


TUESDAY 10/17 @ 6PM


If you know the Black Pumas for songs like “Colors” and “Fire,” but aren’t familiar with the rest of their discography, then do yourself a favor and tune in for this live performance. And even if you have listened to most of their music before, this recording of a stripped-back, acoustic, solo version of their work is something very worth hearing! Lead vocalist Eric Burton stopped by Studio 889 just over three years ago and blessed us with songs from their self-titled 2013 album like “OCT 33” and others that we just can’t get enough of!




If you’ve heard her latest album, The Japanese House will transcend you with her dreamy and beautifully melancholic songs. This live session that we have for you is archived from 2015, where you’ll have the pleasure of listening to some of her earlier hits as well as pieces from her first EP, “Pools To Bathe In.” And if you can’t get enough of live music from The Japanese House, she’ll be in town in December!


THURSDAY 10/19 @ 6PM


Exactly a decade ago, singer-songwriter John McCauley and guitarist Ian O’Neil of Deer Tick took a seat in studio 889. The two have an acoustic guitar each, one strumming the chords of the backing rhythm and the other taking the lead, the plucked melodies carrying the mood of the tracks. “The Dream is in the Ditch” is a special treat you won’t want to miss, with its warm, impassioned vocals and stunning guitar solo. 


FRIDAY 10/20 @ 6PM


In 2012, only five years after taking the leap from being in the southern rock group the Drive-By-Truckers to launching his solo career, Jason Isbell sat down to record a live session in Studio 889. Songs from his 2007 album Sirens of the Ditch make the cut, and maybe even ones from his most critically acclaimed album, Southeastern (2013). Hear for yourself how perfectly his raspy voice pairs with the acoustic guitar, which he plays with a gritty flourish. 

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