Live Music

Livetronica jam duo Big Gigantic looms large at the Jefferson tomorrow night. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Big Gigantic

Instrumental, livetronica jam duo Big Gigantic is popular on the festival circuit for its ever-changing live show that combines electronic and hip-hop rhythms, elaborate stage design and lighting for a dynamic, audio-sensory experience. Beyond the beats, saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken use their musical following to inspire compassion and activism through #ABigGiganticDifference and […]

The Milk Carton Kids dazzle with tight harmonies and dueling acoustic guitars at the Jefferson on Tuesday. Photo: Publicity photo

The Milk Carton Kids play with traditional folk

The Milk Carton Kids’ Joey Ryan falls into a quirky pattern during taped interviews and between live songs. He becomes clueless, feigning ignorance about certain words and well-known musicians. He once claimed he’d never heard of Simon and Garfunkel. It’s a funny act—like one of the characters from Spinal Tap come to life. But it’s […]

Iconic singer Mavis Staples takes the stage at the Paramount on Saturday evening. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Mavis Staples

Genre-defying, freedom-fighting diva Mavis Staples has woven her music into a fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock and hip-hop for the past 60 years. A pioneer of the Delta gospel sound created in the 1950s, Staples flourished as a solo performer and in her family group, The Staple Singers. She has collaborated […]