Brooklyn-based band Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds will perform at Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln Ave.) Oct. 31.
Singer Arleigh Kincheloe — also known as Sister Sparrow — is at the helm of the group, which released its fourth studio album, “Gold,” Oct. 12.
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds’ music is a blend of soul and rock with a brassy backdrop supporting Kincheloe’s expressive, resonant voice.
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds released its first studio album “Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds” in 2010, “Pound of Dirt” in 2012 and “The Weather Below” in 2015. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds also released a live album called “Fowl Play” in 2016.
The band’s name refers to the pigeons in New York’s Penn Station, according to NPR.
“Gold” marks a shift in Kincheloe’s work because it was more of a solo project for her, according to an interview with NYS Music.
“It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and I never really had the time to do it,” Kincheloe said in the interview. “I had a baby and all of a sudden we had to stop touring for a while and I focused on this record and started writing some of the songs while I was pregnant … then when my son was two months old I started going into the studio and working on it.”
Kincheloe said she wanted to blend music genres in the new album, according to NYS Music.
“I have a whole Spotify playlist that was my soundscape for this,” she said to NYS Music. “The Staples, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters, Bill Withers, Paul Simon, Joe Cocker — a very ’70s vibe. But I tried to add the modern techniques and drum sounds.”
The new single “Ghost” is one of those songs. Its upbeat, guitar-driven pop tempo stands out compared to previous singles such as “Sugar” from the album “The Weather Below.” However, her soulful voice remains a constant.
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds was featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series in 2016, and they’ve performed at multiple music festivals including Tennessee’s Bonnaroo, Dover’s Firefly, New York’s Mountain Jam and the Harvest Jazz Festival in Canada.
Tickets for Sister Sparrow’s Chicago show are available online. Tickets cost $17 and are available at the door for $20.