WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media
Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each week, we’ll be taking a look at shows coming to the region over the next seven days. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.
Here are seven of the best beginning March 20:
George Thorogood & The Destroyers: March 20 at The Keswick Theatre
For some 40 years, Wilmington, Del. native George Thorogood has been flying the flag of rough and tumble blues with his backing band The Destroyers. He’s taken from the old Delta and Chicago blues archive both known and unknown and has thrown a modern spin on the songs with his in your face guitar stylings. From Elmore Leonard’s “Shake Your Money Maker” to Hank Williams’ “Move It On Over,” rarely has an artist been able to so deftly make some else’s material his own. As for the tracks he’s written like “Bad to the Bone” and “Gear Jammer?” They aren’t too bad either.
Joshua Radin with Rachael Yamagata: March 20 at the Trocadero
Fans of the singer-songwriter genre are in for quite the treat with this show. Joshua Radin has long been a favorite, and Rachael Yamagata has built quite the following for herself since delivering the stunning “Happenstance” album 10 years ago. Both have the ability to tug at the heartstrings with songs about love and loss that never come off as cheesy, quite the opposite in fact, they are actually affecting. Just take a look at the hit shows their respective music has been used on for pivotal scenes: “One Tree Hill,” “Scrubs,” “ER” and “How I Met Your Mother” just to name a few.
Taking Back Sunday: March 21 and 22 at the Electric Factory
Taking Back Sunday can say that they’re not emo until they’re blue in the face, but like My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional, the Long Island outfit epitomizes the mopey pop punk built on stacks of broken hearts. Having sold millions of albums since getting their start in 1999, and evolving from a young punk act into seasoned songwriters, this weekend at the Electric Factory will undoubtedly have the audience screaming along to every lyric.
Gordon Lightfoot: March 23 at the Santander Performing Arts Center
Just over ten years ago, the music world came way too close to losing one of Canada’s greatest folk exports in Gordon Lightfoot after he suffered an abdominal aortic aneurysm that left him in a coma. The “If You Could Read My Mind” singer defied the odds though, making a full recovery and taking the show back on the road.
Swans: March 23 at Union Transfer
The brainchild of Michael Gira, NYC experimental post-punk outfit Swans were scene fixtures from the beginning of the 80s until 1997 when they ceremoniously broke up with a full tour that spawned a double live album titled, “Swans Are Dead.” When Gira revived the name in 2010, he was adamant about it not being a reunion, saying in a statement, “I needed a way to move forward, in a new direction, and it just so happens that revivifying the idea of Swans is allowing me to do that.”
Cancer Bats: March 25 at Union Transfer
Cancer Bats have one goal: to destroy. Fueled by a burning desire to rage harder, play louder and have more fun than any other band. Mixing hardcore, southern metal and punk rock into a lethal rock and roll explosion, the Toronto natives have been ripping up stages for a decade and show no signs of slowing down. Their fifth album, “Searching for Zero,” came out earlier this month, and proves that the Bats still feel like there’s a ton to prove.
Karla Bonoff: March 26 at Sellersville Theater
Karla Bonoff is one of those rare artists known primarily for the songs she has written for others rather than her own material. She’s penned tracks for and sang backing vocals for Linda Ronstadt, while providing hits for Bonnie Raitt and Wynonna Judd. On the soundtrack for the film “8 Seconds,” she notably covered the Everly Brothers classic “When Will I Be Loved” with country superstar Vince Gill as her duet partner. Her one big solo hit came in 1982 with “Personally,” but next Thursday, there will be many, many more recognizable compositions.