Ms. Kaki King, photo © Shervin Lainez. Sun. 3-1-15, Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI. Doors @ 7. $20 adv. $25 at doorTues, 3-3-15, Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA. Doors @ 8. $15 adv. Atlanta-born Katherine “Kaki” King picked up the guitar at the age of four; now, at 35, she’s embarking upon a tour that incorporates a synchronized light display by Glowing Pictures. Entitled “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body,” Kaki’s new work crosses the threshold of performance art: the guitar doubling as a living, almost breathing visual art piece. The Kickstarter to fund the project collected $43K of a $25K initially asked for.Read More →

We’ve been grooving hard to the soulful power-vocals of Lake Street Dive’s Rachael Price (third from left) for the past two weeks. With their new album, Bad Self Portraits due out in a couple weeks, we realized how much we wanted to get on the ground floor with this crew – even though it’s probably pretty hairy business to do so (see barbershop pic – look, a funny!). Their album seems well-positioned to propel the self-described dive-bar quartet onto the larger music radar, with recognition from Rolling Stone and The New York Daily News. The non-barbershop quartet, with members hailing from Nashville to Iowa, isRead More →

Wed. 11-5-13, Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI. Doors @ 7p. $12 Thurs. 11-6-13, Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA. Doors @ 8. $12-14 Fri. 11-7-13, Calvin Theatre. With Mavis Staples. Northampton, MA. Doors @ 7. $25-45   She comes like a high-flying bolt of sexual rock energy. Situated in Portland, OR, Sallie Ford and her Sound Outside hit the road for their acclaimed second album, Untamed Beast, which is a mish-mash of rock, sex, and mashed potatoes. 26-year old Asheville, NC native Ms. Ford touched base with us via email to converse with us about Savador Dali, Billie Holiday, and Britney Spears. (L to R: Ford Tennis (29),Read More →

(L to R, copyright Jose Mandojana: Tim Wilson, Ryan Carbary, Tim Kim, Pete Wilson) It’s all acoustic. And with Ivan and Alyosha, that’s all they need: the foursome from Seattle take wing upon crisp guitars, soulful harmonies, and general good feeling. With some good press on their side, we’re feeling that their current Fathers Be Kind EP portends a similarly stunning debut full-length, due out early next year. Be sure to catch them in Allston, MA at Great Scott (11-30-11, doors at 9p), as it seems likely they’ll need to try their new material on the crowd. Tim Wilson and co. trek through the ruggedRead More →

For a little Rhode Island pair, Brown Bird is doing well. Having opened for fellow Providence Americana band The Low Anthem, Connecticut’s 26 year-old MorganEve Swain (left – just kidding!) and the 33 year-old Illinois native David Lamb (actual left) are, as they say, in it to win it. As part of Sunday’s lineup at the Newport Folk Festival (www.newportfolkfest.net – sorry, tickets are sold out!), the gritty, down-the-river folk duo will display their chops in anticipation of their new album, October’s “Salt for Salt,” on the Harbor Stage. But, if you’re really dying for a sense of Lamb’s emotive vocals (and Swain’s great backing),Read More →

Few could predict that an indie punk group from Oklahoma City would have such an innovative presence in the music world. At 49, Wayne Coyne (center) and his quartet of space-a-delic freaks, including bassist Michael Ivins (right) and drummers Steven Drozd (left) and Kliph Scurlock, have earned a Grammy, covered Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” in its entirety, and toured relentlessly across the world. Currently on tour for their first double-album Embryonic (excluding Zaireeka, their 1997 four-album experiment), the self-deprecating Coyne delivers about the not-so-glamorous side of touring, as well as about future projects. And definitely feel free to check out theirRead More →

It’s not all black and white. (L to R) Trumpeter/banjoist Darby Cicci, singer Peter Silberman, and percussionist Michael Lerner express ennui in front of depressing wallpaper. Since last year’s breakout “Hospice,” everything has changed for Brooklyn-born quintet The Antlers. As a concept album about a relationship between a hospice worker and a dying cancer patient, “Hospice” has grown an unusual amount of support and a word-of-mouth fanbase seemingly from the aether. With an upcoming concert at Boston’s House of Blues (with the Editors, 2/18/10, $20-50, www.ticketmaster.com), headman/singer/multi-instrumentalist Peter Silberman found the time to discuss their unlikely album in a recent phone interview. MK: How hasRead More →

The band with a penchant for punctuation are back with a fourth album. In case you haven’t heard, the Wasila, AK-born quartet have been making waves with ’60s pop-inspired “The Satanic Satanist,” released in July of this year. I got to stake out a few minutes with this busy band to talk merch before their upcoming concert at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston (10-18-09 at 8:15p, $15 www.livenation.com). Bassist Zachary Scott Carothers reveals what it’s like to be psychedelic in a recent phone interview. (Photo, L to R: Ryan Neighbors – keys, percussion, Jason Sechrist – drums & percussion, John Baldwin Gourley – guitarRead More →

Minnesota’s all-string quintet make an especially hirsute stop in Fall River’s Narrows Center for the Arts this Friday (7 p doors, 8p show; $15 adv., $17 day of www.ncfta.org); needless to say, if you’re a fan of frenetic banjoing and bluegrass mandolin, you might just fit in. Coming off their fifth album, last year’s hometown-inspired “Duluth,” singer-songwriter-guitarist Dave Simonett found some time on the road to wax nostalgic about racing turtles in a recent phone interview. (Photo, L to R: Erik Berry (mandolin), Ryan Young (fiddle), Dave Carroll (banjo), Dave Simonett (guitar/lead vocals), Tim Saxhaug (bass)) MK: Where did your name come from?DS: Our mandolinRead More →