Discovering the Old through the New

Though I like to consider myself ahead of the curve on what’s good in music, the truth of the matter is even with the greatest amount of effort, I cannot even scratch the surface of the vast music scene. Sometimes belated discovery of music that tickles our fancy presents itself indirectly, in my case most often through concerts. Most recently, I’ve taken to the stylings of indie act Meg & Dia after photographing Dia Frampton‘s show in support of her solo debut, a follow-up to her appearance on NBC’s The Voice.

In all honesty, I never checked out Meg & Dia after watching the first two episodes of The Voice, even though Dia’s audition stood out as being one of my favorites. Fortunately, country star Blake Shelton wasted no time in selecting her for his team, pushing her through to become runner-up of the show’s inaugural season. If that primetime spotlight wasn’t enough, Shelton has included Dia as his opening act on his nationwide tour, helping promote her debut album Red.

Madison was gifted with a more intimate performance by Dia and pals, a short jaunt off of Shelton’s tour. As support, her sister Meg and members of Meg & Dia’s touring group shared the stage. Throughout the performance, the musicians continually jumped from one instrument to the next, demonstrating the dynamic style of Dia’s more folksy solo works. Midway through their set, Dia treated the audience with a nod to the group’s prior material, a performance of the villainous love story “Bandits” off of Meg & Dia’s latest album Cocoon (I’ll allow Meg to describe the amusing developments of this performance on her blog). That’s the moment I realized I had been an idiot for not checking out their material sooner.

While Dia’s solo work dives deeper into her personal experiences, the charismatic works of Meg & Dia with darkly tinged lyrics also strike a chord with me. I’m now a fan bewildered by how I’ve managed to avoid exposure until now.

Surely I am not alone. What earlier projects have you discovered through their members’ newer activities?