New R&B Christmas music

By CHELSEA MITCHELL     This joyful season seems to come quicker and quicker every year. Black Friday sales began before black friday,...

ZZ Ward: Pop blues artist satisfies House of Blues crowd

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Contemporary blues artist ZZ Ward performed at the Bronze Peacock room at House of Blues Sept. 18 to a sold out crowd. Backed by a solid trio of instrumentalists and graced by the singer’s easygoing persona, the performance was well worth its value, even in light of the venue’s technical issues.

The 27-year-old singer/songwriter surely delivers on being the creator of her music. Her debut album, “Til The Casket Drops,” treats listeners to a punchy, rollicking variant of the blues, a genre known for its emphasis on burning emotion and flashy guitar solos.

‘Yours Truly’ a grand album from Nickelodeon actress

While some child actors have turned to a less-moral persona, Ariana Grande, actress from Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and “Sam & Cat,” has decided to take a more gracious path on her debut album “Yours Truly.” Her savory voice and 90s R&B-inspired production is more focused than music from recent pop artists.

Fiction Family rocks heavy and light tour

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Fiction Family kicked off the release of its sophomore album by headlining the “To Write Love On Her Arms: Heavy and Light 2013 Tour,” which made a stop at The House of Blues Feb. 4.