Ken’s Music Pick: Misty Boyce at Rockwood Music Hall
Misty Boyce has been drawing comparisons to the likes of Tori Amos and Regina Spektor ever since she arrived in NYC from her southwestern hometown of Las Cruces, New Mexico, by way of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Fortunately, the young songwriter is wise beyond her years, enough to disregard those comparisons and compose works that showcase her natural gifts and reflect her own personal journey and experiences.
Boyce has not been in New York long – maybe two or three years, but in that time she has built a strong fan base and caught the attention of her peers. She has a breathy approach to her vocals, and when put against her stark piano arrangements, her songs have a dark, melancholy quality. That backdrop lends itself well to songs like “Dutch Girls” which paints a picture of solitude and longing. But on the flip side you have “Razor,” with a thumping beat that is based on persevering over painful heartache.
The bonus to her clear musical talent and pop sensibilities, Boyce also has a lyrical style that is honest and unabashed, which gives her accessiblity to mature listeners who have been around the block few times, themselves.
Sunday, April 14 // 10pm // FREE // 196 Allen St
Splitting his time between performing and producing, contributor Ken Beasley primarily plays with his own roots/rock band, Ken Beasley & Co., as well as the power punk outfit, Missy Sport, while also curating the Underground at the Abrons music series on the Lower East Side.