Kevin Devine’s Latest ‘History’ Lesson

If you’ve been following the prolific career of Kevin Devine or as I call him the patron saint of indie rock-driven storytelling, you’ll know he likes it a bit heavy and light. In other words, he’s just as comfortable ramping up his music as he is stripping it down. Whether backed by a band or simply his guitar, his lyrics are always introspective and deeply meaningful. Such is the case with his oft-poignant ninth studio album Instigator, which dropped last Friday.

At the Music Conservatory of Westchester last month, the Brookyn-ite performed a pair of tracks and sat down for a lengthy chat that covered everything from his beloved New York Mets to 9/11 to his love of Elliott Smith. The entire interview, which feels like a filmed podcast, also covers his aforementioned “prolificness” with a discussion of his work with the band Bad Books featuring members of Manchester Orchestra. Watch the embeds below, and catch the Instigator tour beginning Nov. 1.

A-Sides’ “Delve Into Twelve” Countdown
Each week A-Sides unleashes its top 12 tracks of the week AKA the “Delve Into Twelve” based on the following contributing factors: songs I’m playing out that particular week (no matter when they were released — think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and dug a bunch, song posts and trends I’ve noticed on my friends’ Facebook walls and, most importantly: what my pre-schooler is currently enjoying thoroughly with an assist from my (almost) toddler.

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman – :
Jon Chattman’s music/entertainment series typically features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles — just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. (Theme song by Blondfire.) Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Yoko Ono, Elle King, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, James Bay, Jimmy Eat World, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and Bastille.