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)

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