Durham County Poets have it all down chapter and verse

Kevin Harvey belts out the blues during last night's show at the Fallout Shelter in Norwood. SHOW REVIEW: When the Durham County Poets hit the stage at the Fallout Shelter last night, you could count five players. By the time the band from Quebec was halfway through the Extended Play Sessions live show and filming, … Continue reading Durham County Poets have it all down chapter and verse

The down side of upsizing Boston’s music venues

New Balance World Headquarters is the anchor for the Boston Landing development, which is soon to include addition of a 3,500-capacity music hall. OPINION: It may be hypocrisy for an advocate of the arts to find fault with adding more music venues in a city that is having trouble keeping ones it has. While I … Continue reading The down side of upsizing Boston’s music venues

Antibalas celebrates 20th year forcefully, masterfully

Duke Amayo sings during the Antibalas 20th anniversary tour stop last night at the Sinclair in Harvard Square. SHOW REVIEW Antibalas has had the kind of staying power that few bands enjoy. Last night, when the 20th anniversary tour of the Afrobeat ensemble hit the Sinclair in Cambridge, it was obvious why: Antibalas keeps attracting … Continue reading Antibalas celebrates 20th year forcefully, masterfully

Tim Gearan-Christian McNeill residency pure listening gold

SHOW REVIEW: The newest addition to weekly artist residencies around greater Boston is a pairing of two unique talents — singer-songwriters Christian McNeill and Tim Gearan. It has resulted in a beautiful intertwining of voices and styles, perfect for a relaxing respite on a Tuesday night.I never considered Sally O’Brien’s in Somerville to be a “listening … Continue reading Tim Gearan-Christian McNeill residency pure listening gold

Strong communal roots make Wall of Grass

Kelly Knapp and Jamie Walker perform “Wheels” during the annual Wall of Grass benefit at Club Passim on Saturday. SHOW REVIEW: There are genre-specific music festivals that bring a galaxy’s worth of stars to the stage. There are charity fundraisers with bands and solo acts pulling together. Then there is Wall of Grass, in which … Continue reading Strong communal roots make Wall of Grass

Picks of the Week, March 10

• Sunday, Habib Koite, Somerville Theater, 7:30 p.m. — World Music/CRASHarts brings one of Mali’s biggest stars, an exquisite singer and guitarist, to the big stage. South African guitarist Derek Gripper and African Strings open.• Monday, Andrea von Kampen, Club Passim, Cambridge, 8 p.m. — The fast-rising Nebraska-based songwriter, touring behind release of the sparsely … Continue reading Picks of the Week, March 10

A classical gas (and the road here)

The ineffable Mina Kim beams during her doctoral recital last night at NEC's Brown Hall. OPINION: Most of my Shrove Tuesdays are spent draped in beads and feathers, parading with a brass band somewhere in musical observance of Mardi Gras. Yesterday, I opted for a far different but no less celebratory evening: going to Brown … Continue reading A classical gas (and the road here)