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

Club d’Elf with Brahim Fribgane & Duke Levine at the Lizard Lounge

SHOW REVIEW: It was such a trip (in the psychedelic realm) to see Brahim Fribgane & Duke Levine playing with Club d'Elf in the first of two sold-out shows at the Lizard. After immigrating to America from Morocco some 20 years ago, Brahim then helped steer Club d'Elf down the path of Moroccan-infused trance jazz … Continue reading Club d’Elf with Brahim Fribgane & Duke Levine at the Lizard Lounge

Danielle Miraglia & The Glory Junkies at the Fallout Shelter

SHOW REVIEW: Danielle Miraglia is like a musical butterfly who's been granted unlimited creative metamorphoses. Even her musical chrysalis stage was a surprise emergence. Unlike so many Boston artists who attended one of the city's many music schools, Miraglia went to Emerson College, graduating with a creative writing degree. Though she owned an acoustic guitar … Continue reading Danielle Miraglia & The Glory Junkies at the Fallout Shelter

David Champagne’s Agnostic Gospel II CD release party

SHOW REVIEW: There is a fine line between genius and insanity, and David Champagne stomps all over that sucker with every album! On the latest installment of  his socially and spiritually charged songbook, “Agnostic Gospel II: Bad Choices Make Good Stories,” Champagne offers further proof of this aesthetic balancing act. And this became resoundingly clear … Continue reading David Champagne’s Agnostic Gospel II CD release party

Sub Rosa Songwriting Retreat Revue at Passim

SHOW REVIEW An inspiring creative energy abounds each year when the 20-plus musicians who attended the previous summer's Sub Rosa Songwriting Retreat at Three-Mile Island on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee reassemble in January to share from the more than 60 songs created there. The usual drill on the island is that, by day, the musicians … Continue reading Sub Rosa Songwriting Retreat Revue at Passim