PHOTOS: David Bromberg at Godfrey Daniels

An otherwise-unassuming Sunday night in South Bethlehem featured something legendary, as eclectic multi-genre singer-songwriter David Bromberg returned to Godfrey Daniels in front of a sold-out crowd.

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The Quinn Spinn: Live & Local Edition

Before we move forward, take a look (and a listen) back at the season so far. This week, we re-visit the great live, in-studio performances we’ve hosted so far this spring on The Quinn Spinn. Enjoy the talents of our local music scene, and treat yourself to some international Stupid News with The Quinn as a bonus feature!

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Spin Me Round Records to Welcome Steve Brosky & Neil Grover

You had the chance to hear local singer-songwriters Steve Brosky and Neil Grover earlier this season on The Quinn Spinn.

On Sunday, March 26, you have the chance to hear them live.

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Review: Alex Radus – Jewels & Tinware

Artist: Alex Radus
Album: Jewels & Tinware (LISTEN)
Released: 2014
Genre: Variable

Alex Radus is a versatile artist, capable of writing and playing across styles that range from modern jazz-pop to old-time country folksongs. He does this on his latest album, “Jewels & Tinware,” with an obvious knowledge of and respect for the history of modern music.

Most of “Jewels and Tinware” relies on expert guitar work to set the mood for each song. It is perhaps at is best and most beautifully intricate on “We Can’t Play Like Django,” an ode to the guitar superpowers of Django Rinehardt that features the stylings of featured artist Dave Cahill. Alex is no slouch, either – album closer “Disorganized Religion” is a fast-paced acoustic joyride that couples the artist’s smooth, multi-genre vocal punch with modern country rhythms.

Alex’s blues and jazz sensibilities are clear on “Jewels & Tinware,” with funky album opener “Genius” showcasing his vocal abilities right off the bat. A bit later on “Someday,” Alex slows things down while keeping things super-smooth in this romantic ode to anticipation.

Alex expands his horizons on “Jewels & Tinware,” and the chances he takes pay off. One example as the tastefully-done “Shoveling Stone,” an old-time country folksong right down to its lo-fi production, minimalist instrumentation and vocal harmonies. Also intriguing is the captivating story behind “Soldier of the Devil,” a rugged folk-country song that tells the tale of a World War II soldier who can’t turn back from his deeds.

If you appreciate versatility and a taste of history with your music, you’ll appreciate Alex Radus’ “Jewels & Tinware.” You’d be hard-pressed to argue that the album doesn’t contain a little something for everyone.

Track listing

  • Genius
  • We Can’t Play Like Django
  • I Haven’t Missed You
  • My Funny Valentine
  • Someday
  • Baptism Sketches
  • Never Get Lonely
  • I’m a Pistol
  • Soldier of the Devil
  • Law of Lonesome Hearts
  • Shoveling Stone
  • Disorganized Religion

BONUS VIDEO: Crossroads Duo at The Originals Music Series

Crossroads Duo and Dave Goddess Group once again brought good music and good times to Chicago Restaurant’s Club Gravity on Thursday night as part of The Originals Music Series. It was the latter’s “Beautiful World” release party.

But, before we got to the new Dave Goddess tunes, we had some top-notch acoustic blues to enjoy from the opening Crossroads Duo. Enjoy this clip, and watch out for more to come from this great weekend of live music.

PHOTOS: Dave Goddess Group and Crossroads Duo at The Originals Music Series

Dave Goodess Group held an album release party at The Originals Music Series on Thursday night in celebration of its new record, “Beautiful World.” The band was supported once again by Crossroads Duo for a wonderful night of rock, blues and more.

Have some photos on us. And, per a previously-established rule, there might be more content coming, since this was our second time seeing each group…