Live Music

The uniquely talented Ami Dang merges Indian folk music with electronica through her accessible mastery of the sitar. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ami Dang

Though the sitar doesn’t often appear in contemporary American music, Maryland musician Ami Dang strives to break the barriers between New Delhi and Baltimore by pairing the instrument with modern electronic beats and drones to create a distinctive new sound that she calls “Bollywave.” Her sitar shines with the help a looping pedal, creating a […]

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 […]