SOUNDS: Karen Mansfield record release

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WHAT’S UP THIS WEEK, APRIL 5-11

SOUNDS: Karen Mansfield record release

Arriving during a spring interlude that’s taken its sweet chilly time getting springy, Karen Mansfield‘s Thistle & Boon serves as an elegantly rocking reflection — whether by happy accident or intelligent design — of the seasonal and emotional climate we’re in. On her first full-length album release, the Shore-based singer/songwriter who once fronted a fun punk band called The Bleeding Knees continues her evolution into a writer of plain-spoke sophistication and a vocalist of genuine depth — crafting a set of originals that begins in a moodier, almost ghostly vein (“Lover for the Ride,” “Gone”), and accelerates to its destination with upbeat sixties-style poppers “New Favorite Thing” and “You Make Me Happy.” From chilly to chipper; in other words, kind of like springtime itself. A staple on Asbury-area stages and a collaborator with countless scene artists, Mansfield (who previewed the new disc at the Wonder Bar last weekend) marks the official release of Thistle & Boon with an Asbury Park Yacht Club outing; a Friday night affair that further features Bruce Tunkel and Where’s Tino?