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David Wax Museum plays a dynamic hybrid of Mexican and American folk. It’s an energetic and infectious blend of crisp rhythms, organ, horns, drums, and traditional Mexican instruments. Knock Knock Get Up, the group's third release, has the same joyous feel as its previous two, yet with more adventurous arrangements and textures. Here the band injects primitive percussion, fuzzy electric guitars, and scattered field recordings that add depth and mystery to its sound. There are also Caribbean and Brazilian influences in places. David Wax and Sue Slezak form the core of the band, and they're joined by multi-instrumentalist Greg Glassman. Wax is an engaging singer, and he and Slezak harmonize superbly throughout. The band is agile, tight, and unpredictable. “Wondrous Love” is an ethereal ballad sung beautifully by Slezak. “A Dog in this Fight” is stark and taut, and “The Rumors Are True” is elaborate chamber pop. The David Wax Museum has crafted and claimed a rich sound all its own.

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David Wax Museum Astounds Again

The David Wax Museum works hard. Previous efforts were impressive and pleasing but none have had the effect of Knock Knock Get Up. Their sound has expanded and evolved while still holding onto the roots that make it special. A result of these musicians striking ambition. They work hard and you can hear it in every chord. The new album once again seamlessly blends traditional Mexican music with American folk. The result of this mixture, as they have proved before, is a collection of thoughtful songs with a wonderful balance of fun, care, and accessibility, All while still managing to be original. The lyrics on a few tracks evoke certain emotions while the song progression suggests another, a great trait of David Wax's songwriting. While some tracks have a surprising and enjoyable mystery behind their intentions, other's have music and lyrics that go together beautifully much like "A Dog in this Fight. The pairing of music and lyrics creates a power punch of a song. Accompanied by Suz Slezak, the singing never fails to disappoint. Wonderful harmonies fill songs with joy, enhance their meaning, and pull them all together. Ms. Slezak shines on the hauntingly beautiful "Wondrous Love." I was hoping she would get an opportunity to stand out on this record and I was thrilled with the emotional song she contributed. The song is delicate and fragile in the best way possible. At times it seemed that if her voice got too loud the song and emotion would disappear from it, it takes talent and passion to make a slow song like "Wondrous Love" consistent and convincing too the end. I know at least one other player contributes music to David Wax Museum and his contribution does not go unheard, this is some of the best accordion playing you'll hear all year. "Vivian" is a musical and lyrical treat for the ears. The accordion, harmonies, and smartly plucked guitars create an enjoyable tune and by the end you really want Vivian to let him in. I would list other notable songs, but in the end they are all notable. Knock Knock Get Up is a fantastic album and one of my favorites of the year. This album is a must buy and catch them live if you can, they put on an incredible performance. Their palpable hard work and ambitions shine through their music. Look for more from these guys.


One word: Grammy.

One of my favorite bands EVER!

I first saw The David Wax Museum at a house concert in Williamstown, MA. They blew me away and I've been a die hard fan since. If you're looking for something new and original, then download all their albums. You won't regret it!


Formed: 2008 in Boston, MA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

While a student at Harvard University, singer/songwriter David Wax nurtured his burgeoning interest in Mexican folk music by taking frequent trips south of the border to further his musical studies. After meeting singer and fiddler Suz Slezak back in Cambridge, Wax fused his Mexican-inspired songs with Slezak's Appalachian and Irish influences in a style they dubbed "Mexo-Americana." Under the name David Wax Museum, the two released their debut LP, I Turned Off Thinking About, in 2008 and began touring...
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