Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Eric Hutchinson/Saints of Valory

When: Thu., May 15, 8 p.m. 2014

Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson plays the kind of intelligent pop music that they just don’t make anymore. His new album, Pure Fiction, is a power-pop treat. The high-energy tunes have lent themselves to high-energy live shows. “The tour is going fantastic,” says Hutchinson. “We’ve had the best shows we’ve ever had and we’re having a great time on stage. It’s a big show and goes across all the different albums that I’ve put out. This album has really set the live show on fire. It’s 90 non-stop minutes. It’s really gratifying.” Already well-versed in the Beatles and Motown since that’s the music he heard while growing up, Hutchinson first picked up a guitar in 1995. He had already been writing songs but he taught himself to play guitar and it was a way to make his songwriter more “portable,” as he says. Self-released albums followed and then he made his way onto the majors. He’s back to self-releasing his albums, but that’s fine by him. “I have the best of both worlds,” he says. “I’m licensing my music so I have more control. My last album was delayed for a year and my mantra for this album was that the album was going to come out when I wanted it to come out.” (Niesel)

Price: $23

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