Lula Wiles On Modern Ballads “Wide River” : An Interview With Isa Burke And Video

A few months back we highlighted a special project curated by GennaRose Nethercott (the full album that actually releases today!) the idea of which was that as a poet, she had a handle on crafting words and prose in beautiful fashion, but alas she was not as much of a singer as some of her friends around the area. And when looking for musicians and beautiful voices, Somerville/Cambridge sure as heck isn’t a bad place to be.
Artist Lula Wiles


Fresh Cuttings: An Interview With Caitlin Canty

photo by David McClister

Records come and records go. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with social media and artists being able to churn out records and songs at home in an afternoon it can be especially hard to wade through the mud to find that special pearl inside of the tough exterior of an oyster. So much is the case, that when that you are graced with the luster of that precious jewel, you hold onto it for a long time to come. To date I am not sure that singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty has produced a record that isn’t one of those pearls.

Artist Caitlin Canty


Interview: singer/songwriter Peter Hostage

New Hampshire-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peter Hostage has a wealth of talent, among the rare artists who can croon as coolly as Frank Sinatra while dropping a funk riff that could smoke the dance floor. His latest album, Uptown, is an homage to his undying affection for jazz and blues icons like Ray Charles and Nina Simone.

Q: You just released a new album, Uptown. How would you describe it?


Catching up with Michael Peterson

photo courtesy of 37 Records

Twenty years ago you couldn’t turn on country radio without hearing the strong voice of Michael Peterson.  Like many of his peers, he was a victim of the major labels’ quest for more profits.  Fortunately for music lovers, he has just released his first indie album, and is giving this new music generation a taste of his greatness.  Before we review his album tomorrow, we wanted to spend some time and catch up with him.  Here’s our interview.

IVB:  What is your background?


Interview: Daniel Biro

England-based Daniel Biro has just released a compelling new album, 120 Onetwenty, that delves into '70s-influenced synthesized atmospherics and progressive jazz fusion.

Q: What was your introduction to music? How old were you, and how did it affect you?

Live Review

High Water Festival Sets a High Bar

Shovels and Rope on April 21, 2018

Shovels and Rope. Photo by Jonathan Stout/Charleston City Paper

As one of the drunkest towns in America, Charleston, South Carolina needs little excuse to party. But in the first fine week of spring, local-act-done-good Shovels and Rope gave the Low Country’s denizens a damn fine excuse for another weekend of debauchery with the second annual installation of the High Water Festival.

Live Review

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Joyful Noises @ Ryman Auditorium 3/3/18

Tedeschi Trucks Band on March 3, 2018

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi - Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, March 3, 2018

“My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my knowledge, my being . ..When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hangups ... I want to speak to their souls.” — John Coltrane

Live Review

Tedeschi Trucks Band: total pros at the Brady

Tedeschi Trucks Band on April 23, 2018

from the encore, "Let's Go Get Stoned"

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Brady Theater, Tulsa, OK, USA 

April 19, 2018


What does it mean to be professional?


Anybody with a regular paycheck from a gig can be said to be a pro, but for a working example of professionalism, attend a Tedeschi Trucks Band show on any given night.


By now I’ve seen the band enough times to know that, odds are, I’ve caught the band -or at least some of the band- on a bad night. Or have I? Because I still don’t know what a “bad” Tedeschi Trucks show looks like.



Singer/songwriter Juana Luna on her Latin American and world-music roots

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juana Luna has just released a self-titled EP that fuses her affection for Latin jazz and world music.

Q: You just released a new EP. How would you describe it?

A: The EP has some original work but is also a reinterpretation of some very well known Latin American songs. The EP shows different landscapes of music, from jazz to Argentinean folk, to Uruguayan Candombe and some rearrangements of Juan Luis Guerra from the Dominican Republic. It is a little journey to the South.