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Mylo Ranger 

When: Sun., March 9, 8 p.m. 2014

Like many bands which have formed in the past three years, Mylo Ranger got its start playing covers of Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers, and Old Crow Medicine Show, with some originals thrown in there. But in late 2012 the guys in the Delray Beach, Fla.-based quintet changed their name from the Stonecutters to Mylo Ranger and released their debut, Nameless Number One. The disc’s highlight is the title track, a woozy, harmonica-laden country-blues tune that suggests Neil Young by way of Gomez. Like the latter, Mylo Ranger’s sound is largely informed by roots rock but with an eclectic and modern sensibility. Over the course of Nameless Number One, the band delivers on the three-part harmonies crucial to ’50s doo-wop (“Hold on Darlin’”), channel Buddy Holly (“Stray Dog”), work a jazzy, bluesy swing (“Honeybee”), and cut open a big rhythmic groove worthy of G. Love (“Halos”). Meanwhile, frontman Myles Patrick’s supple tenor glides effortlessly from cocktail crooner to folksy balladeer. His rather theatrical manner sometimes runs counter to the music’s understated mien, but the melodies are quite fetching and typically possess a strong backbeat. —Chris Parker


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