When: Mon., Jan. 28 2013
indie cellist, 8 p.m.
If you need to know one thing about Christopher Bell, it's this: He plays the cello. Oh, and he's a veritable one-man band thanks to his love of loop pedals. And as much as you might think Bell would get tired of reporters asking him about the two main weapons in his arsenal, he doesn't. "I love telling people about looping and the cello. It's not something you see every day. I used to worry classical musicians would hate what I do, but I've found they have the most questions," Bell says. "Hopefully, people will see what I do and try something even weirder or do it even better." With that in mind, it's worth noting that Bell's most recent release, From Here to There, is one of the more diverse pop LPs out there, thanks to the New York-based singer's genre-bending style. On the album, Bell bounces from flip-flop rock, to some good ole Simon and Garfunkel-style folkers, to a Wild Western rocker ("I Want to be Loved"), and a whole heap of ballads. "I like variety in an album," Bell says. "Songs are like food. Pizza's good, but after eating it for five days straight you want something different. Same with music." Hear hear. —Chris Haire