Live Music

Kstylis shakes things up and down with his own version of twerk at the Main Street Annex on Saturday. Photo:

ARTS Pick: Kstylis

There’s a new style of music dropping low in the hip-hop world. It’s called hype, and it has one purpose: to get booties moving. One talent behind the music is Kstylis, a rap master whose passion for bouncing backsides is matched by his love for a wicked beat. The self-proclaimed “king of twerk” combines powerful […]

After a seven year hiatus, Nickel Creek reunites for a new album and a national tour that stops at the Pavilion on Saturday. publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Nickel Creek

Acoustic music is not traditionally known to have explosive energy, but that’s precisely where the members of Nickel Creek find their voice. For the past decade, the California trio has been redefining the perception of unplugged music in complex arrangements that are as full-bodied and powerful as their electric counterparts. The band’s newest album, A […]

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ARTS Pick: Gillian Welch

Berklee educated rocker turned Americana heroine Gillian Welch found the same grittiness she loved about punk in the earnest sorrow of old time Appalachian music. In collaboration with her longtime musical partner David Rawlings, Welch has become known for celebrating the sound of country and bluegrass roots, while imbuing her original songs with dark personality […]