Friday October 13, 2023 07:00 PM EDT
CRITIC’S PICK: Folk rocker McDermott may not be a household name, but it’s not for lack of talent or his trying. He has released solid, Springsteen-inspired, emotionally-laced Americana since a 1990s debut, racking up over a dozen titles since. He will likely feature tracks from his latest, 2022’s St. Paul’s Boulevard, crammed full of 15 songs unfurling in over an hour that captures his committed, Midwestern rock as well as any of them. — Hal Horowitz
From the venue:Music makes a deep connection when it strikes that delicate nerve separating the personal from the universal. If the listener can use the songs as mirrors, then the musician has succeeded in communicating their art. Chicago-based singer-songwriter Michael McDermott has spent decades riding that artistic balance, and he does it again with fresh potency on St. Paul’s Boulevard, which arrives May 20 on Pauper Sky Records.