Cabinet showcases its rowdy take on Appalachian bluegrass at The Festy Experience on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cabinet

Formed in eastern Pennsylvania in 2006, Cabinet is a band that honors Appalachian tradition by channeling bluegrass, country and folk into a hard-driving style that’s been deemed slamgrass. Through steady harmonies, soaring vocals and storytelling, the group’s music takes the long way home, inviting its listeners to sit back and relax on a virtual ride […]

Brian Regan’s ability to relate to a span of generations is what sets him apart at the Paramount on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Brian Regan

Featured in the Chris Rock movie Top Five, nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic and appearing 27 times on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Brian Regan has distinguished himself as a clean comedian, earning praise from legends in the field such as Jerry Seinfeld. He finds mirth in everyday […]

Enigmatic alt-country singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett (right) teams up with John Hiatt for a set at The Festy Experience on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

A wonderful thing: Lyle Lovett on how to get a song going

In the three decades since the notoriously idiosyncratic and gentlemanly Lyle Lovett erupted onto the country music scene with the single “Cowboy Man,” the Texas native has earned a reputation as being an artist’s artist. Lovett’s genre-bending 1986 eponymous debut received unanimous critical acclaim, even winning a spot on Rolling Stone’s best albums of the […]

Matt Damon fits comfortably into his starring role in The Martian, one of the year’s most anticipated films. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Film review: The Martian goes beyond the typical sci-fi surface

Matt Damon may be the star of Ridley Scott’s The Martian, but science itself is the hero in this breezy yet breathless tale of survival against all odds, bucking Hollywood’s preference for redundant fiction over interesting science in its sci-fi. The characters are charming, the tension is palpable, nearly every joke lands, yet by putting […]