STORY 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 Dec. 4:
Agnostic Front – Dec. 4 at Boot & Saddle
Hardcore punk pioneers Agnostic Front have been around some 35 years and show no signs of calling it a day. The New York City act released their 11th album, The American Dream Died, back in April, and is still set on causing audiences to tear up the pit. How they’ve managed to outlive their now-legendary contemporaries like Minor Threat, SSD, Dead Kennedys and Black Flag is anyone’s guess, but hardcore fans can consider themselves lucky they did.
Eddie Money – Dec. 4 at Sands Bethlehem Event Center
When it comes to washed up rockers who were given a career revival because of well-timed nostalgia, Eddie Money is at the top of the list. Like Huey Lewis and the News before him, the late-70s/mid-80s hit maker remerged as a pop culture touchstone when he appeared in a GEICO commercial a few years back singing his classic “Two Tickets to Paradise” to a confused family of four. Looking back, his catalog is filled with instantly hummable songs like “Baby Hold On,” “Shakin’” and “Take Me Home Tonight.”
The Sword with Royal Thunder – Dec. 4 at The Trocadero
It’s a heavy double bill at the Troc Friday when doom metal saviors The Sword come to town with Royal Thunder, the Atlanta hard rockers who dropped one of the year’s best albums in Crooked Doors earlier this year. The headliners have established themselves, but Royal Thunder should not be missed; tracks like “Time Machine,” “Forget You” and “Glow” are some of the most rocking tracks to come out in recent memory.
Miley Cyrus – Dec. 5 at The Electric Factory
Say what you will about Miley Cyrus, but one thing is for certain: the girl is quite the performer. Yeah, she’s a tabloid favorite and a bit attention starved – fair enough. In a live setting though, Cyrus has what it takes to shut all the naysayers down. Her latest album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, is an experimental work where she’s aided by the kings of experimental pop, The Flaming Lips, who will be in attendance at the show, which is just one of eight small club appearances to support the record. Dubbed “The Milky Milky Milk Tour,” it promises to be an unforgettable evening.
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Dec. 6 at Underground Arts
In 2009 We Were Promised Jetpacks were a band of nineteen year old University Students, bunked up together in a tenement flat in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland. On signing to Fat Cat Records later the same year, the band could not have anticipated the journey they were about to embark on, which, six years later has culminated in their third studio album, Unravelling. The October released record has been garnering rave reviews for the indie rock quintet, and it won’t be long before they outgrow venues the size of Underground Arts.
Q102 Jingle Ball – Dec. 9 at The Wells Fargo Center
The annual flagship event for Q102 is here, and it’s got quite the lineup in store for 2015. The multi-date tour actually features a somewhat rotating roster of performers, but Philly has definitely lucked out. Calvin Harris, Selena Gomez and 5 Seconds of Summer are the headliners, with support coming from Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, R. City, Hailee Steinfeld, Charlie Puth, Conrad Sewell and Alessia Cara.
Kenny G – Dec. 10 at The Keswick Theater
It’s never been cool to like Kenny G, or did we have him wrong all along? Turns out, the easy listening superstar has a sense of humor about himself, evidenced in a Funny or Die commercial he did with Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine which spoofed Men’s Wearhouse. The soprano saxophonist later confessed to being a big fan of the heavy metal titans, singling out the 1990 track “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” as one of his favorites. Quite the dichotomy right there from a guy who has a hit called, “How Could an Angel Break My Heart.”
Listen to these tunes
Agnostic Front – “Gotta Go”
Eddie Money – “Shakin’”
Royal Thunder – “Time Machine”
Miley Cyrus – “Dooo It!”
We Were Promised Jetpacks – “Peaks and Troughs”
Calvin Harris – “Acceptable in the 80s”
Kenny G – “Songbird”