Duke Levine finds the ‘Super Sweet’ spot — it’s the ’70s

Duke Levine takes a ride back in the time machine to play the songs of his youth in his Super Sweet Sounds of the ’70s showcases. When he launched the showcase as a change of pace in the fall of 2017, Duke Levine didn’t realize precisely what he was getting himself him into. Now, the … Continue reading Duke Levine finds the ‘Super Sweet’ spot — it’s the ’70s

McNeill doubles down at the Lizard on his ‘farewell tour’

Christian McNeill performs during his sold-out show last night at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. SHOW REVIEW There are two artists within him. There’s Christian McNeill, the achingly poignant balladeer who — with just his lush voice and guitar — can hush a Somerville Theater crowd as he did when opening for British folk star … Continue reading McNeill doubles down at the Lizard on his ‘farewell tour’

Picks for week of April 14

LOCAL SHOW PICKS • Sunday, Down Home Up Here Bluegrass Festival, Club Passim, Cambridge, 4-11 p.m. — This mini-festival delivers a different band on the hour including the Revenants, Gin Daisy, the Spring Hill Rounders, Ellen Jordan and Korey Brodsky, the Riverside, and Gabe Hirshfeld and Massachusetts. • Monday, the Duppy Conquerors, Sally O’Briens, Somerville, 10 … Continue reading Picks for week of April 14

Wooden Leg stands up to the test of time brilliantly

Jimmy Ryan performs during last night's Wooden Leg show at the Fallout Shelter in Norwood. SHOW REVIEW: In an astonishing display of musicianship last night at the Fallout Shelter, Wooden Leg, with nothing more than the sound check as a rehearsal for the five players, somehow contained its whirring jam-band energy with a tightness that … Continue reading Wooden Leg stands up to the test of time brilliantly

Victor Wainwright and The Train veritable blues express

Barrelhouse blues master Victor Wainwright performs during last night's sold-out show at 9 Wallis in Beverly. SHOW REVIEW: For Victor Wainwright, the flight path has been more akin to a rocket launch. While he comes from a musical family and learned piano at the feet of both his father and grandfather, the Savannah, Ga., native … Continue reading Victor Wainwright and The Train veritable blues express

Picks for week of April 7

LIVE LOCAL SHOWS PICKS: • Sunday, Girls Rock Campaign Boston showcase, ONCE, Somerville, 8:30 p.m. — The volunteer organization that offers programs for girls ages 8-17 to boost self-esteem and collaboration through music celebrates its ninth anniversary showcase with 10 new bands taking the stage in this all ages show.• Monday, The Monday Discovery Series, Club Passim, … Continue reading Picks for week of April 7

Jocelyn and Chris Arndt making their mark uniquely

Jocelyn Arndt is moved by the spirit of the music as she performs last night in Norwood. SHOW REVIEW: Nobody told them explosions aren’t meant to rock the Fallout Shelter. Or at least Massachusetts-based brother-and-sister act Jocelyn and Chris Arndt paid that no heed last night during their Extended Play Sessions broadcast and filming. And … Continue reading Jocelyn and Chris Arndt making their mark uniquely

Picks for Week of March 24

LOCAL LIVE SHOW PICKS: • Sunday, Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge, 9:15 p.m. — This variation on the Nashville supergroup Motel Mirrors with its husband-and-wife core will surely cover some of the retro-country sounds of the Mirrors’ latest EP, “Gotta Lotta Rhythm,” as well are their duo album and solo work. Caroline … Continue reading Picks for Week of March 24

Jeffrey Foucault show is poetry in emotion

Jeffrey Foucault performs in the 2nd Shift Music Series last night at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham. SHOW REVIEW: During his performance last night at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, Jeffrey Foucault joked that he once got a gig on a Scandinavian Christmas show with … Continue reading Jeffrey Foucault show is poetry in emotion