Category Archives: Joseph Arthur
Along with M. Kauf, I had the fortunate opportunity this weekend to see Joseph Arthur at the XPoNential Festival, held by local Philadelphia radio station 88.5 XPN. I saw several great performances at the festival this weekend, but Joseph Arthur’s had me completely floored. M. Kauf had hyped up his show for me a lot, and I also had heard a few songs from his 2011 release The Graduation Ceremony on the radio. Seeing him live was amazing though. I’ve seen a lot of artists craftily employ loop pedals in their performances, but Joseph Arthur could be the best I’ve seen at it. On stage, he would tap out percussion beats to create rhythym track loops while his guitar riffs echoed in the music. With his voice and the harmonizing effects he used, it sounded exactly like I was not seeing a single artist, but rather a whole band. If you ever have the chance to see him live, I definitely recommend it. Since the show, I’ve been listening to The Graduation Ceremony. I really like the album too, which is a relief, because to me one of the greatest disappointments is when a live musician’s recorded material are not quite level with his live performances by leaps and bounds.
-Jon The Wolf