FRI | ELEPHANT REVIVAL at OGDEN THEATRE | 11/8/13 Looking to make a more professionally produced album that might be more radio-friendly, Elephant Revival teamed up with producer Ryan Hadlock, who's worked with the Lumineers and Brandi Carlile, to make These Changing Skies. While the thirteen-track album certainly sounds better than previous efforts, the songs are better as well; the act's ability to pen captivating tunes has grown during its seven-year existence. With a core based on folk, the group excels at vocal harmonies. While the act's following has grown considerably since 2006, the exquisite These Changing Skies clearly has the potential to push Elephant Revival to the next level.
WEDS | MAD PROFESSOR at CERVANTES' OTHER SIDE | 11/6/13 From its humble beginnings circa the '60s, dub has become one of the most influential subgenres in modern music, inspiring innovations in dance sounds, punk rock and countless other categories -- and among contemporary practitioners of the art, no one's been better for longer than Mad Professor. Born Neal Fraser in the West Indies, the Prof began his recording career in the early '80s, and since then, he's steadily built upon the foundation laid by precursors such as Lee "Scratch" Perry with his Black Liberation Dub series and remixes that blend the organic, elemental feel of the earliest versions with electronic accoutrements.
FRI | BEN HARPER at ELLIE CAULKINS OPERA HOUSE | 11/8/13 As part of his fall acoustic tour, Ben Harper will perform songs that span the singer-songwriter's two-decade career, from 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, to his latest effort, Get Up!, which debuted at the number one spot on Billboard's Blues chart earlier this year.