My first time at any venue, I relax for a few moments before the show, trying to absorb the scene and get an idea of what is about to happen based on the crowd and atmosphere. Last week presented such a moment, as I waited for @ariansaleh to open the show at @meridian23nyc. The crowd made an arc around the stage, respectfully quiet, but attentive to what was happening. What did happen was a mesmerizing singer/songwriter combining what sounded like Middle Eastern, flamenco, Caribbean and South American sounds with modern electronica, and a voice that warmed like a desert wind. This was unexpected and required intent listening. As a fan of many kinds of music, this sublime performance was a revelation. Playing all original songs, until the very end when he sneaks in a cover of Radiohead's "Climbing Up The Walls", sans chorus, the effect was complete: win the crowd over, then sneak away making them beg what happened. OK, sir. You got that one.

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Live Review from Afrophonics 

Live review from Surviving The Golden Age

"...a tasty side of Middle Eastern mystery."

" of the best out-of-left-field releases of 2013 in his 11-track debut."


An interview with Fearless Radio on the eve of Undone's release. 


"I finally got around to checking out Arian Saleh's new album, which released a week ago. Wow... just... wow."



The Underhill Music Video Premiere on The Huffington Post

"...more visual than seems possible for a bunch of sounds..."


"Right when I thought I'd move on and listen to another artist I can't help but go, 'Oh, I want to hear this one again... and this one...'"


"...a powerful voice that carries considerable emotional weight..."

An interview with Bernardo Cubria. Listen to me ramble on endlessly. 



An interview with Enter the Shell. They ask me about burgers.