Live Review

John Hiatt and The Goners with Sonny Landreth Celebrate Slow Turning's 30th Birthday

John Hiatt & The Goners on July 2, 2018

Photos: Bruce J Beige

In our record collections there are many albums that have become old friends. We may not meet that often, but when we do the pleasure is undiminished. For these pals we may even celebrate special anniversaries, of their release or perhaps what was going on when we bought them. One of my greatest old mates is John Hiatt’s Slow Turning, which he released 30 years ago. If I could choose how to mark that milestone I’d ask Hiatt to gather the original band, The Goners, and play the whole record. Sounds fanciful?

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David Crosby Sky Trails Tour

David Crosby on June 2, 2018

David Crosby - Keswick Theatre

David Crosby

The Keswick Theatre

Glenside, Pa




Karen Caruso discusses confessional side of songwriting

New York-based singer/songwriter Karen Caruso lassos together her country, blues, and rock influences for a potent blend of confessional lyricism, as powerfully summarized in her latest single, "Whiskey in the Bottle."

Q: Would you describe "Whiskey in the Bottle" as autobiographical?

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Kate Ellis at Nashville Meets London

Kate Ellis on June 27, 2018

Kate Ellis released her first album, Carve Me Out, nearly a year ago since when its deserved initial acclaim has broadened steadily. Part of the album’s appeal is that it transcends the usual musical classifications as Ellis weaves strands of folk, country, blues into her own brand of Americana. What does comes across throughout all the songs is her deep honesty in conveying a range of emotions with a voice that multiplies those feelings.

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Walking and Eating around Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018

Neil Young on June 23, 2018

Neil Young + Promise of the Real performing at Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018

Year Two of the Arroyo Seco Weekend brought an eclectic mix of up and coming artists and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to the beautiful Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, California.

The Arroyo Seco Weekend is making its own statement of being a world-class concert/festival/foodie experience. This year's lineup was outstanding, with headliners like Neil Young with Promise of the Real, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Jack White and Kings of Leon.

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Trampled by Turtles and Deer Tick at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo

Trampled By Turtles on June 27, 2018

Reginald, presumably.

"See Concerts. Save Animals."

This is the slogan for Woodland Park Zoo's summer concert series in Seattle, and they couldn't have hosted a more appropriate twin bill than Deer Tick and Trampled By Turtles on Wednesday night.

(Disclaimer: If you're looking for the sort of review that includes predictable fodder like setlists, look elsewhere.)

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Gillian Welch And Father John Misty Enchant The Hollywood Bowl

Father John Misty on June 24, 2018

Father John Misty debut performance at The Hollywood Bowl

There was another enchanting evening at The Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night, when Big Thief, Gillian Welch, and Father John Misty took over the venerable Los Angeles landmark to weave musical spells under the moon and stars. To say it was utterly gorgeous in every way would still be an understatement of this sublime gift of a night.


Interview with Globetrotting Multi-Genre Artist Joss Jaffe

Joss Jaffe - Dub Mantra artist

I am always excited to discover new artists, but especially those that are creating new genres all their own. Josse Jaffe, who is based in California, has traveled to all parts of the world gathering inspirations for his music. His latest album, Dub Mantra Sangha Remix, is the result of this eclectic artist's continent-hopping. It mixes electro-dance influences like dub and electronica with world and reggae, threaded together with yoga mantras. Sound intriguing? Read on to learn more about this genre-mashing artist...

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Rhiannon Giddens in Boothbay Harbor

Rhiannon Giddens on June 21, 2018

Image by Shawn Cote

Constructed as a meeting hall in 1894, the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, with a seating capacity of about 400, would seem to be the ideal venue for a classically trained singer turned roots-music virtuoso who thrives in an intimate setting.

Rhiannon Giddens is that singer.


Interview: Niva the Soul Diva dives deep into Life Love and Music, new EP

Niva the Soul Diva

During the month of June, everyone is celebrating love and the freedom of expression. Brooklyn-based artist Niva (aka the Soul Diva) celebrates both with her latest EP, entitled Life Love and Music. I had the pleasure of chatting with Niva about her songwriting process, the making of her latest music video, "Hennessey Love," as well as her recent performance in Washington DC for the Capital Pride Festival. With her influences including the Rolling Stones and James Brown, Niva shares her multi-faceted approach to songwriting. Read on to learn more...