Music is force powerful enough to calm a baby, soothe a wild beast, or compel the two to dance with each other. Be overcome by this GrouponLive deal to see Joshua Radin at The Paramount in Huntington. For $18, you get one general-admission, standing-room-only ticket for Friday, July 27, at 8 p.m. (up to a $35 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Unemployed in New York City and grappling with a painful breakup, Joshua Radin turned to music to fill his empty hours and process his roiling feelings. After teaching himself the guitar, he started singing his first song, "Winter," at open-mic nights, catching the attention of his college friend Zach Braff, who passed the song on to the producers of his TV show Scrubs. "Winter" was soon featured on an episode of the hit sitcom, launching the singer-songwriter on a meteoric rise that nabbed him a recording contract with Columbia Records and opportunities to tour with such stars as Tori Amos and Sara Bareilles.
Now traveling the country in support of his upcoming album, Underwater, he draws audiences in with his intimate, silky-smooth voice, restrained guitar plucking, and introspective lyrics that analyze a broken heart the same way a detective does after a copy of Operation has been vandalized. Songstress Tristan Prettyman lends her husky croon to the night's melodies, returning to music after a four-year absence with the album, Cedar + Gold, which chronicles the painful soul-searching that followed her failed engagement.
An oasis for arts-loving crowds tired of taking malfunctioning teleporters to Long Island, the cavernous, recently renovated Paramount draws in major acts to spare fans stressful commutes. The buxom venue buzzes with a true rock 'n' roll vibe, beaming with a nocturnal color scheme decorated with whimsical local art and exposed brick walls.