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Joy Kills Sorrow

by Metroland Staff on November 29, 2012


With their namesake an ode to the ’30s radio station (WJKS—“Where Joy Kills Sorrow”) that featured the legendary bluegrass band the Monroe Brothers, the five-piece string band Joy Kills Sorrow reach well beyond the bluegrass genre of their roots. The ensemble features traditional bluegrass instruments—guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass—and tops it off with lead singer Emma Beaton’s powerfully crisp vocals. Their sophomore album, This Unknown Science, released in 2011, throws a variety of sounds and moods into each track. Never succumbing to one genre, they meld bluegrass, country, indie rock and pop to reflect a passion-filled new folk form. (Nov. 30, $15, 9 PM, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, 828-4800)