Live Music

Forlorn Strangers hopes to take its new single, “Bottom of the Barrel,” to the top of the Americana charts while traveling the summer festival circuit. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Forlorn Strangers

The five songwriters who make up the Nashville-based American roots outfit Forlorn Strangers carefully blend their distinct styles into a cohesive sound that’s driven by danceable rhythms, upbeat instrumentals and tight harmonies. The band celebrates its first full-length, self-titled album, produced by Grammy Award-winner Phil Madeira, and is queued up for a debut on this […]

Diet Cig’s Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman, who are performing at the Southern on August 16, met at a house party and formed a fast friendship, which led to a five-song EP, a 7-inch follow-up and an upcoming full-length. Photo: Publicity photo

Diet Cig’s Alex Luciano dances to a DIY beat

Don’t hang out with Diet Cig if you’re not willing to risk arrest or have your exploits immortalized in song. That’s not to say that every night the self-proclaimed “slop-pop” duo spent on the road over the past two years ended in flashing lights. It simply means that as in life, anything can—and will—happen. “I […]

Local singer-songwriter Jason Burke plays cuts from his latest release at the Southern on Saturday. (publicity image)

ARTS Pick: Jason Burke

Local favorite Jason Burke draws from a broad range of influences, such as James Taylor, AC/DC and The Beatles, to create what he describes as a “California country sound.” His latest album, Burning Daylight, pulls jazz, blues and soul into the mix. Burke (who’s a big promoter of local musicians) had a setback due to […]