A Relative Term is the moniker for all things musical for Mark Longolucco. In a time where anyone can strap on an acoustic guitar and call themselves a songwriter, Mark’s music has always proven to be a reminder of the pure quality that can be achieved if you have the chops and really mean it. Boasting a jaw-dropping live show, he has set the standard for captivating an audience, and this Friday’s (Jan. 22) event will be no exception. After a hard year’s work, it will finally be time to celebrate the brand-new full -length album entitled Happiness. This stunning record of dreamy space-folk brings to mind what Conor Oberst might sound like if he were to cut loose and experiment with eerie soundscapes a la Phil Elvrum (of the Microphones), while adding some eastern folk influences reminiscent of Beirut. Mark’s already brilliant folk ragas are complemented by strings, e-bowed guitars, accordion, bells, and omnichords that cascade together almost effortlessly. This backdrop combined with Mark’s achingly sincere vocals succeed in creating one of the most well-rounded records I’ve heard in a long time. (locally and otherwise!). To make the deal even sweeter, I’ll add that the veritable cream of the crop of Buffalo indie music will be there in support of this momentous occasion: Red Tag Rummage Sale, Vox Humana, A Hotel Nourishing, and the Bear Exchange. Not to mention a slew of special guests throughout the night helping to fill the air.
8pm / Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. / 855-3931 / myspace.com/mohawkplace / $5