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The members of Boston’s Lake Street Dive met at the New England Conservatory, where they imagined themselves as future jazz musicians. Playing together brought out their many influences, and the band now proves adept at soul, R&B, British Invasion rock, and new wave pop-rock. The loud, slashing guitars of “Stop Your Crying” prove they have a tough edge, courtesy of trumpet-playing guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson. But it’s singer Rachael Price who sings above the glorious din with an urgent nerve that can be dialed down for the smooth adult pop of “Better Than.” There’s a light, easy flow to their musicianship that makes everything they play sound completely natural. It’s no surprise when they flash Motown credentials on the vocally rich “You Go Down Smooth”—or nail down so much with just bassist Bridget Kearney and drummer Mike Calabrese laying out the groove on “Use Me Up.” Their knowledge, their talents, their smarts, and their ability to bring it together in an emotionally compelling way is no hype; it's the very thing that defines superior musicianship everywhere. 

Customer Reviews


This band... amazing beyond amazing. Lake Street Dive is fronted by the beautiful and talented Rachel Price, she's got a stellar voice and killer energy. The band, full of charisma and personality! See them live, buy their records, experience this band, you won't be disappointed!


This is the best LSD originals album. They're so great live that the studio versions of the songs pale in comparison, and that is saying a lot because they still sound incredible!

"Just Ask" live at the Rockwood in Jan. 2013 is the best version of the song.
"Bad Self Portraits" from Live and Breathing is wonderful.
"Better Than" from a 2012 Festival features Rachael scatting at the end, which I don't think made it onto the album (but should have!).

They're amazing songwriters and musicians and are totally redeeming this Millenial generation's concept of music. They're byfar my favorite band and are destined for super stardom. "Bad Self Portraits" is clever, sultry, and sung by an Ella/Etta/Diana mixture in the form of the gorgeous Rachael Price. And with Bridgette and McDuck writing a majority of the material featured on this album, they can do no wrong!


Saw them on Colbert and was blown away. This album is amazing. Incredible song writing and musicianship. With all of the garbage coming out of the music industry, this is one the most refreshing bands and albums I have ever heard.


Formed: 2004 in Boston, MA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Boston's Lake Street Dive are a fascinating blend of influences and complexity: jazz at heart, with an alternative D.I.Y. sensibility and a passion for classic rock and garage aesthetics. The band, comprised of singer Rachael Price, drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, and trumpet-playing guitarist Mike "McDuck" Olson, first met and formed at Boston's New England Conservatory. The initial idea was to be a kind of free jazz country band, playing country songs in an avant-garde style, but...
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