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Divining Rod / Press

“After over two decades of playing in “hundreds of bands,” including Midnight Masses, The Rogers Sisters, Dead Sands and Gerty, New York-based Miyuki Furtado founded Divining Rod as an outlet for quietly writing and recording music while caring for his newborn daughter. “I would write songs just by myself in the living room, quietly hushed over a little microphone,” Furtado recalls. The music itself was initially inspired by the British folk rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s, which Furtado was turned onto while touring the UK with The Rogers Sisters. “My bandmates turned me onto a lot of Sandy Denny stuff, and that’s when I heard it for the first time and became obsessed with it. So a lot of Fairport Convention and Fotheringay and Burt Jansch and Pentangle, I started following the breadcrumbs, if you will, and the music really struck me, and that’s what I wanted to play.””

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“Nashville's Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott) came to NYC over the weekend for her first two shows here, having played Cake Shop on Friday (2/22) and The Paper Box on Sunday (2/24). Mackenzie's voice is great live and her band sounded well-practiced and really tight, as they brought a sincere mix of folk, country, grunge and punk to back Mackenzie's personal lyrics. We caught her Paper Box show (and as you can see from the quote above, Sharon Van Etten caught her Cake Shop show), and more pictures from that show, including openers Mainland and Divining Rod, are below.”

“OK, it’s honesty time. Though we can mostly all agree that NYC, with the emergence of Brooklyn DIYs and the ability of the internet to stream albums to LA A&Rs faster than you can say Best New Music®©™, has once again become America’s preeminent music mating pit, the city’s folk scene has remained comparatively infantile (not so much in quality as development). Gotham gig vet Miyuki Furtado’s newest project, Divining Rod, however, is exactly the kind of band that could kickstart an urban folk movement in the already flannelled and bearded bastions of Brooklyn. Or maybe it won’t, who cares? The only thing that matters is that Divining Rod will be at Glasslands on Sunday for this weekend’s best show. Be there.”

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