Canadian alt-country songstress Kathleen Edwards has become a favorite of the “World Café” set since her lauded 2003 release, Failer. Subsequent offerings have seen her build on that album’s rollicking yet melodic sound. Her latest, Asking for Flowers, a record that moves far beyond the empty lyrical patriotism . . .
Though he is one of many on the long list of artists afflicted by Bob Dylan comparisons, folk singer Steve Forbert hasn’t let that restricting, critically anointed parallel stop him from churning out dozens of thoughtful, distinctly individualistic folk records over his long career. Forbert is touring behind last year’s Strange . . .
Intertwined melodies in the spirit of Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons are spread across husband-and-wife duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion’s Exploration, their most recent set of originals, which they recorded with members of Son Volt and The Jayhawks.
A Woodstock, N.Y., band with a search-engine-defying name, 3—or is it spelled Three? There’s no consensus on this, even from the band’s own camp—head to Shank Hall tonight for an 8 p.m. show. The group’s latest album, The End Is Begun, is a collection of charged, youthful prog-rock with flashes of Porcupine . . .
The Gourds, the honk-tonk lovin’, old-school country revivin’ Austin group that scored a novelty hit with their ultra-twangy cover of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice”—and yes, it was The Gourds that recorded this infamous version; not, as some Internet sources have claimed, Phish—bring their Texan charm and sometimes . . .
The Chicago-by-way-of-Hawaii jam/folk/pop/world music ensemble Poi Dog Pondering has kept a low profile in recent years, but this month they returned with a new album, 7, which adds a healthy dash of soul to their already eclectic sound. They’ll cover plenty of material from that album when they play an 8 p.m. . .
A burgeoning singer-songwriter in a jam-rock circuit oversaturated with burgeoning singer-songwriters, Massachusetts’ Ryan Montbleau is as freewheeling as more established jammin’ bros like Keller Williams and G. Love, but sets himself apart with flashes of ragtime and zydeco music. In the spirit of the Dave . . .
Singing with the easy-going alternative band Toad The Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips wrote his share of moderate ’90s hits, including “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean,” but since that band’s break-up—and during its occasional reunions—he’s continued down a more rootsy, folkier path, collaborating with modern bluegrass . . .
On his latest release, A Long Way From Tupelo, blue-eyed soul singer Paul Thorn continues to explore the gospel music he was raised on (his father was a Pentecostal preacher) while bringing in traces of pensive roots-rock and sweaty R&B. He plays an 8 p.m. show tonight at Shank Hall with opener Tamara Bedricky . . .