New music from the Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman
Glen Phillips is the lead singer and main songwriter for the band Toad the Wet Sprocket, which he joined when he was only 14. In the words of James Christopher Monger of the All Music Guide, "Phillips has matured into . . . a quiet storm that dutifully blends Cat Stevens' confident huskiness and Jackson Browne's weary but warm observer of all things broken." Glen comes to town with a new release, "Swallowed by the New," his first new solo album in ten years. The album grew out of Glen's recent divorce, but, he told the Independent, "I was trying not to write breakup songs." Instead, writes Chris Steffen of Allmusic, "songs like 'Leaving Old Town' and 'Unwritten' explicitly describe moving beyond the past and into the unknown." It's a masterpiece from one of the great folk-rock songwriters of our time, and The Ark is the place to hear it! Songwriter Amber Rubarth opens, bringing a new album, "Wildflowers in the Graveyard."