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 Jan. 22:
NOTE: Due to inclement weather events can potentially be canceled. Check with the venue before venturing out.
CMT Next Women of Country Tour – Jan. 22 at The Tower Theater
This year’s Country Music Television “Next Women of Country Tour” will have up and comers like Brandy Clark, Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson, with the special guest for the evening being none other than Jennifer Nettles. The members represent major label, indie and unsigned rising artists who will receive support from CMT in an effort to expose them to fans and get their music heard. Nettles is a solid artist for the mentor-like role, as she’s crossed over to rock music with Bon Jovi on the single “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” along with co-fronting the incredibly popular Sugarland.
The Go! Team – Jan. 23 at Underground Arts
It’s been four years since The Go! Team did a proper tour on these shores, and that’s been far too long for what is one of the most exciting live acts to come out of the UK in ages. Since exploding onto the scene with the genre defying Thunder, Lightning, Strike in 2004, the six-piece has kept listeners on their toes with an amalgamation of brilliance that incorporates indie and garage rock along with hip-hop. Last year’s fourth album, The Scene Between, came out way back in March, but finally we’re getting our chance to experience it live.
Guster – Jan. 23 at The Fillmore
Ever since their humble beginnings at Tufts University in Massachusetts just as the 90s dawned, Guster have always sought to outdo themselves. They sell out New York’s fabled Radio City Music Hall one year and perform with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall the next. They sell out a 33-date college tour, and then founded the eco-friendly Campus Consciousness Tour, with buses powered by biodiesel and performances powered by wind power. It’s in this overachieving band’s nature to one-up itself, and it’s also what’s made them perennial college rock favorites throughout the country. Last year’s Evermotion album wasn’t the best received in the band’s catalog, but the concerts themselves are what fans really look forward to.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Jan. 23 and 24 at The Tower Theater
It’s exciting times for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the independent hip-hop duo who took the world by storm with 2012’s Grammy award winning album The Heist. Over the weekend, the outfit unveiled plans for the next step in their evolution, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, a sophomore effort which will be released Feb. 26. In addition to a collaboration with Ed Sheeran, more surprises are expected, including some hotly anticipated previews of the new material at the Tower show.
Ratatat – Jan. 23 at The Electric Factory
Note: Due to the impending snow storm the Ratatat show has been moved to Sunday 1/24. All original tickets will be honored at this Sunday’s show, according to information at www.electricfactory.info
Ratatat released its fifth full-length album this past July, Magnifique, a solid five years after Mike Stroud and Evan Mast’s last release, LP4 from 2010. Following up on the experimental sounds of LP3 and LP4, Ratatat returned to their core guitar-driven sound on Magnifique, which is good news for fans of the innovative twosome who were desperate for another creative burst straight outta Brooklyn. Not only was the record worth the wait, it’s exceeded the expectations of both critics and audiences first turned on to the group a dozen years ago with their self-titled debut.
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes – at The Keswick Theater — concert has been rescheduled to May 21.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s, emerging from the same New Jersey Shore music scene as his now legendary contemporary and friend Bruce Springsteen. Southside’s first three albums, I Don’t Want To Go Home, This Time It’s for Real, and Hearts of Stone, were produced by band co-founder Steven Van Zandt and largely featured songs written by Van Zandt and Springsteen. The Van Zandt-written “I Don’t Want To Go Home” became Southside’s signature song, an evocative mixture of horn-based melodic riffs and sentimental lyrics. With their classic blend of hard-core R&B and street-level rock, grooves, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn section, Johnny and his Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound. Later next month, they return to the region for a Feb. 6 performance at the The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Del.; and on March 9 they will be at the Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton.
Howie Day – Jan. 28 at World Café Live Downstairs
Best known for hits like “Collide,” “She Says” and “Be There” Howie puts on a great live show either solo or as a four piece band. Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him
both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Like many other singer/songwriters of late, he took to PledgeMusic fundraiser to release his newest album, last spring’s Lanterns.
Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” music column appears regularly in Ticket.