Video: Joshua Glass Live, Main Street Landing, March 19, 2014

[youtube] Joshua Glass performs at Rocket Shop Live at Main Street Landing on November 20, 2013. Big Heavy World, Main Street Landing, and RETN Channel 16 co-produced this monthly live concert version of Big Heavy World's 'Rocket Shop' local music radio hour, a weekly program on 105.9FM The Radiator, Wednesdays at 8pm.

Joshua Glass is a singer-songwriter/pianist from Burlington, Vermont who has been steadily gaining praise for his unique musical stylings, impassioned live performances, countless collaborations with other musicians, and one doggone busy schedule—averaging over 100 shows a year since his 2011 solo debut. Drawing from influences like Paul Simon, Wilco, The Beatles, Damien Rice, and embracing a “pop sensibility and improvisational style reminiscent of Allen Toussaint” (BURLINGTON CITY ARTS), Joshua’s growing repertoire of original music is a blend of playful blue-eyed soul, handclap-heavy rock, and tender balladry—tied together by his soulful, haunting vocals and lyrics that toe the line between cryptic and brutally honest. Joshua, 28, is also known by his piano-pounding alter-ego WOMEN BE SHOPPIN’, a one-man show he dubs as “manic-depressive improv”. Utilizing a distinct rhythmic, orchestral approach to the piano, Glass delivers a blitz of constantly shifting keys and tempos, backed by homespun electronic beats and ambient effects. Described as “coming close to the aural equivalent of imbibing whiskey” (Henry Soule of SEVEN DAYS), Glass’ stream-of-consciousness style has kept audiences on their toes—fascinated, but never frustrated. In addition to his solo ventures, Joshua remains active as a backing/session musician, collaborating with artists like GREGORY DOUGLASS, JUSTIN LEVINSON & THE VALCOURS, THE BEERWORTH SISTERS, MYRA FLYNN, QUIET LION (w/ TOMMY ALEXANDER), AARON FLINN, BINGER, and others. For his contributions to the musical community, Joshua was voted by readers of prestigious newspaper SEVEN DAYS as Vermont’s “BEST SIDE MUSICIAN” of 2011. “Glass’ voice is reminiscent to Paul McCartney’s, as is his pop-influenced songwriting”, writes THE VERMONT CYNIC. “While he is a proficient guitar player, the piano is clearly Glass’ home. He constantly toys, smiles and rocks out on his 88 keys. His catchy—but not too catchy—lyrics and melodies keep the mood light and the atmosphere enjoyable.” Joshua Glass is currently in the process of recording an album of all-original material. Describing his upcoming debut as a record about “being crazy, being in love, and being crazy in love”, Glass is aiming for a 2014 release date—and staying busy every step of the way.