COLUMN WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media
Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each week we take 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 Oct. 9:
Nick Oliveri and Mondo Generator – Oct. 9 at Northstar Bar
Punk-metal band Mondo Generator was initially devised as a side project when formed in 1997 by Queens of the Stone Age bassist and singer Nick Oliveri. In 2004, when he was fired from QOTSA, Oliveri made Mondo Generator his full-time project, along with beginning a solo acoustic career. Oliveri has also toyed in a revamped lineup of legendary stoner rock outfit Kyuss under the moniker Kyuss Lives!, but that appears to have moved to the side in favor of Mondo Generator, which incidentally is the name of a Kyuss song.
Smokey Robinson – Oct. 9 at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center
During the course of his 50-year career in music, Smokey Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. The 75 year-old Motown legend has every right to be somewhere on a beach resting on his laurels, but instead is on the road performing hits both solo and of his band the Miracles. Last year, he put out “Smokey and Friends,” which featured duets with artists as varied as Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, John Legend and Sheryl Crow.
Ed Kowalczyk – Oct. 10 at Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest Center
York, PA native and former Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk returns to region once again, and will be performing the biggest album of from his old band, Throwing Copper, not only in its entirety, but unplugged. You’re no doubt familiar with the record’s hits; “I Alone,” “Lightning Crashes” and “Selling the Drama,” but the deeper cuts on the album are where the real gems are. Songs like, “White, Discussion,” the bounding “Stage” and melodic “Waitress” could’ve been just as big as the better known tracks.
Rock Allegiance Festival – Oct. 10 at PPL Park
Hard rock and metal fans are in for a delight this weekend as the annual Rock Allegiance Festival touches down at PPL Park in Chester. Headliners include Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Korn and Five Finger Death Punch, along with Papa Roach, Hollywood Undead, Pop Evil and over a dozen more over two stages. There’s also going to be all Philly food and craft beer with Victory, Troegs, Star Hill, Fordham & Dominion, Evolution and New Belgium providing the drinks while food vendors include Braz-BQ, Chickie and Pete’s, Jim’s Steaks, M.A.T.T.’s Food Truck, Mama’s Meatballs and Seoulfull Philly.
Sun Kil Moon – Oct. 10 at the Theatre of Living Arts
Following the release of this year’s critically lauded Universal Themes is the seventh full length Sun Kil Moon album, the folk rock offshoot of Red House Painters. The name Sun Kil Moon is actually the adopted moniker of frontman and guitarist Mark Kozelek. His next full length album is already on the horizon, a collaboration with Justin Broadrick, of industrial band Godflesh, entitled Jesu/Sun Kil Moon which will come out in January.
John Grant – Oct. 14 at World Café Live – Downstairs
Since moving to the Icelandic capital Reykjavik in 2013, singer songwriter John Grant has found himself – and that’s good news for everybody, most importantly Grant himself, who had spent years battling various addictions. His latest album, “Grey Tickles, Black
Pressure,” with “Grey tickles” being the literal translation from Icelandic for “mid-life crisis” while “black pressure” is the direct translation from Turkish for “nightmare.” It’s a moody, angry record – a perfect soundtrack to the change in the weather. For a review of Grant’s latest album, click HERE.
Chris Cornell – Oct. 15 at The Merriam Theater
Seattle grunge legend Chris Cornell has been a busy guy lately. He’s been fronting Soundgarden, who are working on their second post-reunion record at present, has performed shows with Mad Season, taking the place of late-singer Layne Staley and is hinting at even more to come. First up though is a tour to support his latest solo album, Higher Truth, which came out in September. The record was inspired by artists like Nick Drake, Daniel Johnston and White Album-era Beatles — it’s truly a testament to Cornell’s evolution as a musician.
Listen to these tunes
Mondo Generator – “So High, So Low”
Smokey Robinson – “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”
Ed Kowalcyzk (as Live) – “Waitress”
Rob Zombie – “Dragula
Sun Kil Moon – “Jim Wise”
John Grant – “Disappointing”
Chris Cornell – “When I’m Down”
Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” column appears regularly in Ticket.