Live Music

Celtic rock band Scythian is making a name for itself among the bumper crops of singer-songwriters in Music City. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Scythian

Based on its sound, Nashville’s Scythian could be pegged as a band of Riverdancing Irish folkies. With their unique blend of Celtic bluegrass rock, the quintet fires on dueling fiddles, banjos, and mandolins in an unparalleled high-energy weave. The self-proclaimed “immigrant rockers” are on tour in support of the new album Jump at the Sun […]

Rich, funky NOLA blues form the foundation of Adrian Duke’s infectious rock at the Southern on Sunday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Adrian Duke

Even though Adrian Duke is based in central Virginia, his bluesy roots music lives in the heart of New Orleans. His funk and jazz prowess on the piano is matched by raw, expressive vocals, and elevated by a tight backing band that shares the work in bringing down the house. Duke has received critical acclaim […]

The Head and the Heart will have lots of hometown friends in the audience and possibly, clean laundry, when the band takes the Pavilion stage on Friday. Publicity photo

Seattle folk rock up-and-comers have roots in old Virginia

The Head and the Heart have the holy grail of indie rock band success: One good male singer, one good female singer. It’s a combination, along with a well-timed whistle or catchy chant, that has made Peter Bjorn and John, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Gotye, and a handful of others huge overnight sensations […]