GENTLE GIANT

Matthew E. White opens 
for the mountain goats

The newfound gravitas that permeates John Darnielle’s anxious and elegant new Mountain Goats album, Transcendental Youth, arrives courtesy of horns arranger Matthew E. White. The guitarist-founder of Richmond, Virginia, slipstream jazz combo Fight the Big Bull, White is also a ’70s-channeling blue-eyed soul singer—a bearish, white Barry White, if you will. He has a terrific solo debut titled Big Inner (get it?), and his nine-piece group will open for the Goats during the bands’ two-venue, four-day NYC visit this week. White’s slow, sexy, funky outfit breezed through Big Inner like a warm summer wind at the Mercury Lounge a couple of months ago, stirring together gospel, reggae, and yacht rock into a sweet mellow haze. Don’t be surprised if it billows and swells with even more authority this time around when he opens for the Mountain Goats.
Sat., Oct. 13, 9 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 14, 9 p.m., 2012

 
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