With a fearless, exploratory zeal, Greensky Bluegrass brings its aural duality to the Jefferson on Wednesday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Greensky Bluegrass

From their home base of Kalamazoo, Michigan, the five members of Greensky Bluegrass have forged a defiant, powerful sound composed of seemingly irreconcilable elements. While rooted in classic string-band Americana, the tension and release between tradition and innovation, prearranged songs and improvisation, and acoustic tones and electric volume is what makes this act so thrillingly […]

Strand of Oaks returns to town for a headlining gig at the Southern on Monday. Photo: Dusdin Condren

ARTS Pick: Strand of Oaks

Sometimes personal crises are the inspiration behind the most expressive art, as showcased on Tim Showalter’s recent album HEAL. Under the moniker Strand of Oaks, Showalter demonstrates through his love of ’70s, ’80s and ’90s rock and pop that the process of healing is often a combination of clarity, confusion and euphoria. Tying together three decades […]