Armed with a gritty sense of humor, a raspy singing voice, a raw-but-poetic lyrical style and a rock-solid band, veteran songwriter John Hiatt stands out as one of the more entertaining and poignant balladeers and storytellers of the contemporary Americana/roots music field.
These are your best bets to see this weekend on the waterfront. How does my schedule look next to yours? Forecastle is getting bigger and bigger. That means more bands and dire scheduling conflicts. There’s lots of overlap, especially Friday.
is a young vibraphonist and composer whose second album, Gotham , is nothing short of remarkable. The great playing by Blanton and his extraordinarily talented young band aside, Blanton's compositions are really what sets Gotham apart from the vast majority of new recordings by equally wonderful young jazz musicians.
When told he had been selected SPIN's Artist of the Year, Beck mulled the news over for a second, plucked a grape from a bowl of fruit, stared at the floor of his tour bus, and then quietly and thoughtfully replied, "I don't mean to sound rude, but to be honest, there wasn't much competition...
Older is better than newer. It's true for men, and it's true for guitars, according to the (older) guys who traipsed wide-eyed and happy through the Great American Guitar Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks on Sunday.