Matt Curreri & The Exfriends leave the clever pop behind and re-examine things through a smartly crafted rock 'n' roll lens. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Songwriter Matt Curreri rearranges and rocks out

Every Wednesday night after dinner, Matt Curreri, Jesse Fiske, Gerald Soriano and Brian Wilson gather in a tiny, warmly lit music studio in Fiske’s Belmont backyard. They unpack their guitars, bass and drums, and set up mics and amps. Fiske’s Single Barrel Studio is a cozy fit for the four-piece, but they tune up. They […]

Swamp and soul play out on John Paul White's new solo album, Beulah. He's at the Southern on October 19. Publicity image.

John Paul White steps out post-Civil Wars

Originating in the 19th century, “Beulah Land” is a popular gospel song based on the biblical reference of Israel. It’s a hymn that Alabama singer-songwriter John Paul White grew up hearing (his dad’s side of the family is Southern Baptist), and one that sparked a familial namesake. “My dad called my little sister Beulah as […]

“Can’t you see we’ve got a good thing here?” the duo Charming Disaster asks in harmony. See for yourself at the Blue Moon Diner on Monday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charming Disaster

“People bring me casseroles and pray for his immortal soul / They think I’m in widow’s weeds, but pity’s the last thing I need,” Ellia Bisker sings on “Ghost Story.” She’s a woman who’s lost her lover, but not for good—she’s living with his ghost, who caresses her hair and wraps his arms around her. […]

Artist-in-residence Damien Shen’s “Self-Portrait #2” is on display at Kluge-Ruhe through December 18. Courtesy of the artist

Artist Damien Shen finds motivation in his past

Like many creatives, Damien Shen spent most of his adult life focused on building a career instead of a formal art practice. But in 2013, the South Australia native and current Kluge-Ruhe artist-in-residence realized he had a calling. He just needed to work out what it was. “I did this journey down the east coast […]

ARTS Pick: Party Like a Rock Star

Step into the fantasy world of a rock star’s life for one evening while helping local youth pursue their musical dreams. The Music Resource Center’s annual Party Like a Rock Star is Prince-themed this year in tribute to the inimitable musician. Donate at to cast a vote for your favorite Prince cover by a […]