Joseph Arthur at The Bluebird 

No Ordinary Joe

No Ordinary Joe
Across Arthur’s iconoclastic 14-year career, he’s delivered an eclectic mix of acoustic songwriter fare, arty pop and bar band rock, dipped lightly in psychedelica and coated in ache-ridden metaphor. He’s always charted his own path, frequently playing all the instruments on his albums while exploring rich ever-inventive arrangements and honing his hook-making skills. By his last solo release, 2006’s Nuclear Daydreams, he’d started his own label and stripped some of the floridness from the arrangements. Over the next two years, he assembled a band, and grew quite prolific (he credited getting sober), producing two generally rock-veined albums, and a quartet of EPs. He’s since returned to the acoustic mien and is preparing his sixth solo album. During his latest tour, Arthur (who’s also a visual artist) has been creating a painting while performing one of the songs in his set, auctioning it off at the end with proceeds going to the Clinton/Bush Haiti Fund.
Tue., Feb. 9, 9 p.m., 2010

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