COLUMN 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 week. 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 for the week beginning June 5:
Ian Hunter — June 6 at Sellersville Theater 1894
Having just turned 76, Ian Hunter is as close to legendary status as one can get in the crazy world of music. After being the frontman for the glam outfit Mott the Hoople from the mid-’70s until 1980, Hunter forged a successful solo career where he had hits with the singles “Once Bitten Twice Shy” and “Cleveland Rocks.” With a healthy solo catalog and Moot the Hoople classics like the David Bowie-penned “All the Young Dudes,” a night with Hunter is a musical history lesson.
B-52s – June 7 at The Keswick Theatre
While summer doesn’t officially begin until later this month, nothing signals the start of the season than some breezy, ridiculously fun music that the B-52s have mastered over the years. Continuing to take their party-music revolution into the 21st century, they show no signs of slowing down and serve up their own unique blend of music and showmanship to fans around the world with timeless hits “Love Shack,” Rock Lobster” and “Roam.”
Belle and Sebastian — June 9 at The Tower Theatre
Following a month-and-a-half-long break from the States after their appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in mid-April, Belle and Sebastian return from a European jaunt for a Tuesday night show at the Tower Theatre in support of the January release Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. The Scottish indie-pop sextet has long been just under the radar, building a dedicated fanbase that’s allowing them to perform in much larger venues on these shores.
Paul Weller – June 10 at Union Transfer
Since 1977 up to the present, Paul Weller has remained a consistently ever-evolving, globally celebrated force of nature revered as one the most respected songwriters in British music history. His virtuosity as a guitarist and an immediately recognizable soul-inspired vocalist, his trademarks are second to none. From his days in the wildly influential outfit The Jam, through a mid-’80s run leading The Style Council and more recently as a solo act, Weller has never ceased to push the boundaries. His newest album, Saturns Pattern has been acclaimed by critics and fans alike, adding one more feather in the cap of “The Modfather.”
DMX — June 11 at The Theater of Living Arts
More than any other artist, DMX was the personification of rap in the late ’90s. He was exciting, beyond intense and had beats behind him that made his songs instant classics. “Get at Me Dog,” “Ruff Ryder’s Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” were unavoidable as the new millennia dawned. Unfortunately, X veered off course in his personal life, incurring multiple run-ins with the law. He’s been keeping out of legal trouble for the past year, which would make this an opportune time for a comeback.
New Kids on the Block — June 11 at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center
There’s two ways to look at the nostalgia-led revival of New Kids on the Block’s popularity; the positive is that it provides fun, goofy music from a bygone era. On the other hand, it leaves the door open to second-tier boy bands thinking they can do the same thing — which is almost impossible. Since reuniting in 2008, Danny, Donnie, Jordan, Jonathan and Joey have rekindled the hearts of NKOTB fans everywhere, even landing a new generation of admirers. Let’s just hope not too many more get any ideas.
Lynch Mob – June 11 at JC Dobbs
Metal bands from the 80s have made it a habit of simply not being able to keep it together. Tensions between guitarist George Lynch and singer Don Dokken led to the breakup of Dokken and formation of Lynch Mob. But even that was short-lived, with multiple breakups of Lynch Mob and a revolving door of musicians that easily are at two dozen. This is the fourth go at it for Lynch and his mates. Will it last? Doubtful, so catch them live while you can.
Check out these tracks
Ian Hunter: “Once Bitten Twice Shy”
B-52s: “Planet Claire”
Belle and Sebastian: “Write About Love”
Paul Weller: “White Sky”
DMX: “What’s My Name?”
NKOTB: You Got It (The Right Stuff”
Lynch Mob: “River of Love”
Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” music column appears regularly in Ticket.