Music: Jesse Harris, Joshua Radin and Meiko

Joshua Radin plays confessional Folk Pop at the 20th Century Theater along with other Folk artists Jesse Harris and Meiko. Radin would prefer to play songs he cares about than score big bank for playing ones that feel insincere. And Harris exudes a palpa

Joshua Radin plays confessional Folk Pop at the 20th Century Theater along with other Folk artists Jesse Harris and Meiko.

Joshua Radin never intended to become a musician, at least not outside of the confines of his personal life where he always quested for new ways to artistically express himself. He became a singer/songwriter and signed with Columbia, but later broke ties with the major label and gave them their money back. He’s not the first to tell corporate big wigs to fuck off, but tales of artistic defiance like his usually spring from those with a lot more success and commercial leverage. It might sound utterly mad to many, but Joshua Radin would prefer to play songs he cares about than score big bank for playing ones that feel insincere.

Jesse Harris' latest album, Watching the Sky, finds Harris moving from Reggae to jazzy Tom Waits-inspired deconstructionism, all steered by the Van Dyke Parks-tinged urban Folk Pop direction he has so successfully mined in the past. One of the hallmarks of Harris’ increasingly voluminous songbook is his penchant for writing songs that shine from within; even at his most melancholy, he exudes a palpable sense of hopefulness. It’s literally impossible to walk away from a Jesse Harris gig feeling anything but uplifted.

Read Cole Haddon's interview with Radin here.