The Jefferson Theater

Phosphorescent is at the Jefferson on Wednesday. Image: Daniel Arnold

ARTS Pick: Phosphorescent

Milestone milieu: It’s been a tumultuous five years for Phosphorescent (née Matthew Houck, left). He fell in love, had two kids, moved to Nashville, and “somewhere along the way, he nearly died of meningitis.” This life-altering period also sourced his critically lauded new album, C’est La Vie, another set of tunes elevated by Houck’s signature […]

Dawes expanded its sound for the new album Passwords, but remains true to its musical
roots. “We never really sat down and said, ‘Let’s make a record that sounds like The Band,’
but whatever you listen to as a kid is just kind of knocking around your head and forms your intuitions as a musician and a songwriter,” says bassist Wylie Gelber (second from right).
Magdalena Wosinska

Status update: Dawes scrolls past the SoCal sound on new album Passwords

The age of social media is rife with oversharing; dominated by a virtual playground where foodstagrams and political Facebook fights abound—and any semblance of privacy is tenuously maintained by CAPTCHAs and digital passwords. Los Angeles band Dawes explores this concept on its latest album, Passwords, by examining how the sociopolitical climate and our personal relationships […]

Phil Vassar, who has penned hits for Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, and Jo Dee Messina, among others, plays The Jefferson Theater Saturday, January 26.

ARTS Pick: Phil Vassar

With wistful country vocals propelling his chart-smashing hits, snatching hearts is Phil Vassar’s game. Before signing his own recording contract and landing 10 original songs at No. 1, Vassar penned hits for Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, and Jo Dee Messina, among others. His recent induction into the Virginia Music Hall of Fame is another step […]