Time spent riding BART or Muni can be one of the least inspiring parts of a parson's day. It’s a time spent mostly waiting to be somewhere else. Commuters with headphones snaked from ear to ear, eyes focused on smartphones and iPads, or on the pages of books and newspapers. On the train, it’s sometimes too loud to talk to anyone, even when you want to.
There’s no leader in the band Grass Widow. That probably makes it easier for each member of this trio to suggest subjects for songs. Grass Widow, who you’re hearing now, call their music post-punk, and the New Yorker Magazine describes it as “pastoral melodies” floating over “trellises of spindly guitars.” If this sounds appealing, you can hear them live on Thursday, December 6, when they play at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.