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Worldwide concert reviews

A front-row seat at the latest shows at top venues in the US, UK, and Canada, delivered fresh by our correspondents. (Writers: Apply to be a correspondent.)

Sublime Performances Straight From The Heart

Claire Holley, Kate Campbell at Red Clay Music Foundry on July 23, 2015

Nick Lowe is to Ron Sexsmith as Kate Campbell is to Claire Holley. It reads like the answer to an SAT question, but it explains the relationship of these two artists perfectly, with Holley as an admirer of Campbell, and the two eventually touring and recording together, as did Lowe and Sexsmith...

Deep Diving with Jonatha Brooke

Jonatha Brooke at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse on July 22, 2015

Songwriter Jonatha Brooke is a strong performer in every sense of the word. Carrying herself as the dancer she is, in possession of a nimble soprano that can go from a whisper to a roar, she is adept at owning a spotlight. And so she took over The Freight & Salvage stage on a recent Tuesday...

Hayes Carll Filled Cambridge with a Little Bit of Country

Hayes Carll at Club Passim on July 16, 2015

Hayes Carll has been on my radar to see since a friend whose taste I trust suggested I see him. I had scheduling conflicts with his more recent Boston-area shows, so when I saw that I was open for this show, I jumped at the opportunity to see him.  It can be difficult for me to write a...

A Duo of Lovely Voices and Strings

Margaret Glaspy, Brittany Haas at Club Passim on July 15, 2015

I went to this show with Margaret Glaspy, a singer-songwriter-guitarist who I had not yet seen, and Brittany Haas, a renowned fiddle player, expecting something different than what I saw. I knew that Glaspy has a terrific reputation among my friends, and thought I would be hearing her music with...

A Duo of Lovely Voices and Strings

Margaret Glaspy at Club Passim on July 15, 2015

Riding the Coat Tails of Girlfriend

Matthew Sweet at Music Box Supper Club on July 15, 2015

Poetic Kinship

Iris DeMent / Pieta Brown at Red Clay Music Foundry on July 10, 2015

As Charming as a Dream

Iris Dement at City Winery - Nashville on July 12, 2015

Don't Wait to See The Treasures

The Treasures at The Dakota Tavern on July 9, 2015

Jenee Halstead: Powerful Voice and Songs

Jenee Halstead at Club Passim on June 22, 2015

Earle Takes Inventory of Life's Work

Steve Earle & The Dukes at Music Box Supper Club on July 5, 2015