COLUMN WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media
Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we’ll be taking a look at shows coming to the region throughout 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 26:
Dave Matthews Band – June 26 and 27 at Susquehanna Bank Center
Love them or hate them, Dave Matthews Band has a way of keeping things interesting since becoming the darling of college radio desperately looking for a new R.E.M. back in the mid-’90s. Revisiting the format they began last year, the band will be playing two full sets each night, and promise them to be wildly different from city to city, encouraging its legion of fans to spend the summer following them for the full DMB experience. Regionally, those same fans have it lucky, as the Camden dates will be the first of just a handful of two-night stands in one city.
John Fogerty – June 27 at Mann Center for Performing Arts
John Fogerty has long had a tempestuous relationship with both his history and former bandmates in Creedence Clearwater Revival. And while the latter may never be resolved, he’s fully embraced the rock music roots he’s best known for, with this summer’s tour under the banner “One Extraordinary Year,” focusing on 1969, the peak of CCR’s success. Not only did the band manage to put out three studio albums, there was an endless string of hits including “Bad Moon Rising,” “Born on the Bayou” and “Lodi.”
Ceremony – June 27 at Union Transfer
Northern California outfit Ceremony have long been known as a punk rock band, but that idea has been turned on its head with the release of last month’s The L-Shaped Man, a stark departure from their previous aggressive guitars and fast-paced sound. The catalyst is singer Ross Farrar’s recent breakup, which has been used as a platform to explore loneliness and emotional weariness, though it is by no means a purely sad album. Rather than look inward, Farrar uses his experience to write about what it means to go through something heavy and come out the other side a different person.
King’s X – June 28 at Sellersville Theater 1894
Always an oddball in any music genre, King’s X have ridden the wave of several different ones in their storied, 35-year history. Engineered by equal parts alternative, soul, metal, funk — even religious — the Springfield, Miss., natives have been at times aligned with each type of music, managing to fit in seamlessly but then move onto another just as easily. Having long built up their own, dedicated fanbase, King’s X exist solely on their own terms these days.
Brian Wilson – June 29 at Mann Center for Performing Arts
On one hand, the unexpected dissolution of the long-awaited reunion of The Beach Boys with Brian Wilson that took place in 2012 to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary was bittersweet. Suddenly it was back to the Mike Love-led version of the group. Wilson, however, kept moving forward, taking the compositions he had planned for the next Beach Boys’ release and made it into this spring’s “No Pier Pressure.” The record has garnered mixed reviews, but in concert, Wilson will deliver both new material and the hits off of which his former bandmates are making a living.
Bilal – June 30 at World Café Live – Upstairs
Locally born and raised, Bilal has carved quite the career for himself by collaborating with the likes of Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and fellow Philly heroes The Roots. But he’s also got quite the solo career going, which will be punctuated by the hometown celebration and day-of-release show for his latest effort, In Another Life. Bilal is classified as neo-soul, but his songs tend to traverse jazz, R&B, hip-hop and funk, making his fifth album one of the most anticipated of the year.
PINS – July 2 at Boot & Saddle
All-girl rockers PINS have a snarl and sensitivity that can stand toe-to-toe with any of their male counterparts who dominate the guitar-driven type of music. Earlier this month, they dropped their second album, Wild Nights, and have finally embarked on a proper tour of the States. The Manchester, UK quartet is quickly becoming one of the most buzzed about artists of the year, so catch them while you can in such a small venue that can barely contain their big sound.
Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” column appears weekly in Ticket and www.tickettoentertainment.com.