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Low-key, influential folk musician Chris Smither has been writing hit songs and touring for over 50 years. He will play a solo retrospective at the Southern on Wednesday. Photo credit: Jeff Fasano

Chris Smither looks back at a 50-year career

Chris Smither has maintained a steady presence as an underground folk icon for the past five decades. His unassuming delivery offers rustic comfort, as he sings in a relaxed, weathered tenor that’s accompanied by front porch foot-tapping and blues-rooted finger-picking. Smither grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana but he left home in 1965 to join […]

Ukraine-born rocker Eugene Hütz brings Gogol Bordello to the Jefferson on July 17. Photo credit: James Marcus Haney

Antics aside, Eugene Hütz’s Gogol Bordello is no joke

Eugene Hütz is a poet in any language. Speaking in his heavily accented English, his words pop. They have weight. They hit you like distorted riffs. Ask Hütz if his band Gogol Bordello’s exhaustive touring schedule takes its toll, for example, and he finds the perfect analogy. “Listen, this is like asking people that are […]

The one-woman, non-stop, pop music hit-making machine that is Sara Bareilles appears at the Pavilion on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sara Bareilles

Don’t ask her for a love song. Grammy-nominated piano pop superstar Sara Bareilles’ upbeat confessionals have sold out shows nationwide for over a decade. Born and raised in California, she now adds 2013’s The Blessed Unrest, recorded with an all-new backup band, to an edgy pop-rock repertoire brimming with jazz and soul influences. Saturday, 7/12. $35-65, […]