Concert Reviews

The Bad Plus Create Musical Metaphor & Imagery at Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club (SHOW REVIEW)

The Bad Plus continually confirm their significant role of jazz ambassadors in contemporary music. Known in the early 2000s as a jazz band that also played pop classics by artists such as Blondie, Peter Gabriel, ...

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I’m With Her (Watkins, Jarosz, O’Donovan) Dazzles at New York City’s Town Hall (SHOW REVIEW)

On a particularly chilly Thursday evening (3/15)  last week, there may as well have been a cozy, blazing hearth inside New York City’s Town Hall thanks to the vibe created by the performance of supergroup ...

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Umphrey’s McGee Delivers Big, Covers Beastie Boys On Night One of Portland Run (SHOW RECAP/PHOTOS)

Umphrey’s McGee spent two nights at Portland, Oregon’s Crystal Ballroom on March 16 and 17, giving fans a big double dose of inspired jams. Friday night found Umphrey’s in top form, playing songs spanning their ...

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Yonder Mountain String Band Bounces Through Portland’s Crystal Ballroom (SHOW RECAP/PHOTOS)

Yonder Mountain String Band played Portland, Oregon’s Crystal Ballroom last Thursday, March 15 as part of their spring tour. Yonder brought along newgrass/Americana string band outfit Old Salt Union to get things warmed up. Bassist ...

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Sunflower Bean, Soccer Mommy, TT The Artist Among SXSW Day 6 Standouts (FESTIVAL RECAP/PHOTOS)

Saturday at SXSW is usually the lightest day. A lot of brands are done with their showcases, a lot of bands travel back to where they came from other the weekend. But there is still ...

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Durand Jones & The Indications, Sylvan Esso and More Stand Out on SXSW Day 5 (FESTIVAL RECAP)

I’m going to need a massage at the end of this week because my neck and back are seriously out of whack after seeing over 50 bands this week already. Action continued Friday as I ...

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Phantogram, Kitty, Morgan Saint Among Hightlights on SXSW Day 4 (FESTIVAL RECAP)

Thursday at SXSW is generally the most stacked day of the week – there are always so many showcases to get to and so little time. I got back downtown for the day around 1 ...

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Rock Reigns on SXSW Day 3 With Sunflower Bean, Tristen, Night Moves, Billie Eilish and More (FESTIVAL RECAP/PHOTOS)

Wednesday was a long but productive day at SXSW — over the course of 13 hours I saw 14 acts, and I’ve narrowed it down to the highlights from the day. I kicked off my ...

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SXSW Music Day 2 Shines With White Reaper, Blackillac and More (FESTIVAL RECAP/PHOTOS)

Two days into SXSW and my legs are already jelly. Here’s a wrap-up of some of the best stuff I saw on Monday and Tuesday in Austin. After flying into Austin from LA on Monday, ...

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High Energy Jams, Choice Covers Highlight The Infamous Strindusters’ Portland Show (SHOW RECAP/PHOTOS)

The Infamous Stringdusters’ expansive Across The Great Divide Tour brought the quintet to Portland, Oregon’s Crystal Ballroom last Friday, March 9th. Having won the 2018 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for Laws of Gravity, and ...

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