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James Durbin at The Hollow
Published 3:40 pm, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Everyone knows the sure path to a gig on North Pearl Street is being on "American Idol," and singer-songwriter James Durbin is proof, having achieved fourth place in Season 10. He also has played Leno, Letterman, Regis, Fallon and Ellen, as well as the "American Idol" concert tour. Durbin has a new CD coming out in April called "Celebrate," and a single ("Parachute") escaped in November.

Durbin's style is similar to his influences, My Chemical Romance and Thirty Seconds to Mars, and the hard-hitting songs will take on a new life stripped down to bare bones acoustic, putting his flexible pipes front and center where they should be.

Opening for Durbin on this tour is Californian singer-songwriter Kelley James, a freestyle riffing road warrior.

— David Malachowski