Wild Leaves (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Wild Leaves is everything you’d expect from a modern Americana band. There’s denim, vests, plaid, hats and a girl. That’s not a bad thing. It fits their musical vibe. If they showed up in leather and then began singing, you’d be seriously confused. They live in Brooklyn, N.Y., now, but their lyrics mirror the innocence of Midwest summers. The fivesome’s gentle harmonizing balances nicely with their equally easygoing music, all of which is summery, almost blistering in its warmth. “I have been searchin’ for a long time” for a band this good.
YDIIYD: CSNY, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Loudon Wainwright III … times four, plus his sister. (Deirdre Kaye)