As a kid, KaiL Baxley had an unlikely mentor in James Brown. He plays his own version of soul at The Garage on Wednesday. Image: Kristina Lisa

ARTS Pick: KaiL Baxley

Elated confusion seems to be a common reaction for most people after a KaiL Baxley performance. The Williston-Elko, South Carolina native shares more than a hometown with soul legend James Brown. The two had a strange and improbable friendship throughout Baxley’s childhood that undoubtedly influenced his current path. It may have inspired Baxley to forgo […]

Innovative guitarist Tashi Dorji brings his gamechanging talent to the Tea Bazaar on Tuesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Tashi Dorji

As a teenager in Bhutan, Tashi Dorji’s access to media was heavily restricted, and some of his first musical influences came via shortwave radio and bootleg cassettes. After moving to America in 2000, the improvisational guitarist’s musical horizons broadened immensely, and Dorji discovered the music of Albert Ayler, John Zorn and Derek Bailey, who serve […]

PHOX expresses its atmospheric understanding of the world through folk fusion and mysterious lyrics at the Southern on Tuesday. Photo: PIP


If Echosmith and Mumford & Sons had a love child in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the sextet PHOX would be the result of their union. The band operates like a family, living together and creating most of its music—coffee shop folk acoustic swirled into a chaotic mix of rock, psychedelic and soul—within the comfort of home. Lyrically, […]