The family band Birds of Chicago is pro at mashing soul, rock, and roots influences into a single, irresistible set.

ARTS Pick: Birds of Chicago

Country twang that hops and sways, soul that trembles and soars—these descriptors make up two halves of an imaginative whole. Americana duo Birds of Chicago got their start with a leap of faith, when JT Nero and Allison Russell paused their individual music endeavors to celebrate their 2013 self-titled debut. Home is on the road […]

Yarn, a bluegrass quartet, was born in New York and recently relocated to North Carolina, but its members find home on the road.

ARTS Pick: Yarn

For some artists, hitting the road is synonymous with coming home. The Brooklyn-based quartet Yarn, which recently planted its bluegrass roots in North Carolina, has notched more than a thousand shows across the country. It even has a Grammy nomination stapled to its name, and has shared the stage with both Alison Krauss and The […]

Robert Wray's homegrown play The Secret Rain offers up an arresting coming-of-age story. Performances will be held out of the Belmont Arts Collective through September 29.

ARTS Pick: The Secret Rain

Casey Horn is growing old, and with age comes a whole lot of trouble—between his mother’s poor taste in men, his younger brother’s out-of-this-world obsession, and the neighbor girl’s frustrating lack of interest, he’s finding that life isn’t exactly grand. The Secret Rain follows Casey as he navigates these obstacles with the help of Audrey […]