Portland’s Sallie Ford traded in her band, the Sound Outside, for a group of three rocking women. Last December, Ford played one of her very last shows with her old group at the Bartlett to a sold-out show of devoted fans. This weekend, she’s back with the new crew. Ford’s newest record Slap Back is scheduled for release next Tuesday, but three singles have already been made public. Her new act is a little less quirky and retro-sounding, her voice even a little more full and graceful, rather than that nasally and harsh (yet amazing) sound of previous works. This new music is truly rock ’n’ roll.
— Laura Johnson