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SEVEN IN SEVEN: Here’s this week’s batch of concert highlights

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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 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 November 6:

The Hooters – November 6 and 7 at The Keswick Theatre

It’s always a special time of year it seems right around now when local favorites The Hooters perform a couple shows in the region. This year will be a two night stand at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, the first time the band has ever performed at the venue. Not only are these gigs special because they’re hometown ones, it’s also in celebration of what The Hooters are calling “35 Years Live,” acknowledging their history since forming in 1980. At press time, both shows were sold out.

Django Django – November 6 at Union Transfer

London electronic art rockers Django Django released their latest album, Born Under Saturn, this past May, and it’s generating as much excitement as their debut which came out in January 2012. By that December it had been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and named one of the albums of the year by Rolling Stone and NME.  They became known from their electric live performances full of energy, and went on to play memorable shows at festivals across the globe including as Glastonbury and Fuji Rock. To see them at Union Transfer, quite the small venue, will be a treat.

Albert Hammond Jr. – November 7 at First Unitarian Church

Albert Hammond Jr. Photo by Jason McDonald

Albert Hammond Jr.
Photo by Jason McDonald

Whenever a member of a highly buzzed about band – usually it’s the singer – goes off on his own, it’s met by eye-rolling and not very much success; more like a watered down version of their main band. That’s not the case with Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for early-aughts indie darlings The Strokes, who is coming to town in support of his third solo album, Momentary Masters, doesn’t go near the sound that made the New York City quintet famous. Instead, he opts for a much more laid back and chill sound which is as surprising as it is refreshing.

Joseph Arthur – November 7 at The Tin Angel

If there’s such a thing as the opposite of writer’s block, Joseph Arthur has it. The Akron, Ohio bred, Brooklyn residing singer songwriter, who once released four EPs in the span of as many months, remains one of the most prolific artists out there, whether it be via his music or his art, which he often combines by doing a brand new painting during his live performances. Performing in such an intimate room as the Tin Angel fits perfectly on the music end and will serve well his latest album, Days of Surrender.
Copeland – November 8 at The Theatre of Living Arts

Emo act Copeland has had an interesting run which began in 2001 and ended in 2010. For a time they seemed poised to break big, and while never achieving massive success, developed a sizable and dedicated following. Still, they decided to call it a day five years ago, but not before heading out on a farewell tour. It was a surprise then last year when the group announced they were working on a new album and would be touring. This time around, Copeland is bringing out string accompaniment, their first full headline run ever with a string section.

Awolnation – November 10 at The Fillmore                           

Following a whirlwind two-year world tour in support of their debut Megalithic Symphony, 2014 saw Awolnation withdraw into the depths of the California coastline to construct the sophomore effort. A culmination of the years following the release of their first release, this year’s 14-track Run was written, performed and produced entirely by musical architect Aaron Bruno. The end result is a finely tuned musical masterwork that is at times, and all at once, sprawling, atmospheric, exuberant, earnest and refined with moments of a signature aggressive unease. That doesn’t mean the band who brought us the mega-hit “Sail” just a few years ago won’t be embracing the past as well, expect the debut to get just as much love live.

Gwar – November 12 at The Electric Factory

It has been 31 years since the “heavy metal holocaust” known as Gwar burst upon our world in an explosion of blood, guts, and screaming steel. In that time they have revealed themselves not only as the un-disputed masters of “shock rock,” but also as an international cultural icon that has both touched the lives, and in some cases ruined the clothing, of many thousands of people. The gross out artists put on a live show that is unmatched by few others, and while the fans will no doubt have an amazing time, it’s hard not to feel bad for the cleanup crew at the Electric Factory following the show.

Soundcheck:

Listen to these tunes

The Hooters – “Day By Day”

Django Django – “Default”

Albert Hammond Jr. – “St. Justice”

Joseph Arthur – “Honey and the Moon”

Copeland – “Erase”

Awolnation – “Sail”

Gwar – “Sick of You”

 

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