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 April 15:
Iggy Pop – April 15 at The Academy of Music
This side of David Bowie, not surprisingly a good friend and frequent collaborator, there hasn’t been an artist who has reinvented himself so many times over the years as Iggy Pop. The leader of The Stooges has done it once again, this time with the help of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on his latest release, “Post Pop Depression.” Homme is on board for the tour as well, making this a pretty unique event.
Jewel – April 15 at Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Jewel has had quite the well-rounded career as a singer songwriter, first as an acoustic totting, yodeling Alaskan transplant to the lower 48, making a brief stop on the dance charts, and now she has come full circle. Last September saw the release of “Picking Up the Pieces,” which was meant to be a 20th anniversary companion to her 1995 debut “Pieces of You.” The bare bones style worked gloriously, as it’s gotten some of the best reviews of Jewel’s career.
The Joy Formidable – April 15 at Underground Arts
Since releasing their debut album “The Big Roar” in 2011, the Joy Formidable have seen themselves become one of the more widely talked about bands poised to break through to bigger stages and greater acclaim. Cut to five years later and a third album released at the end of March titled “Hitch,” the Welsh alt-rockers might not be selling out arenas just yet, but they are delivering solid music that sounds as fresh as anything else out there.
Asaf Avidan – April 16 at Boot & Saddle
Asaf Avidan is primarily known for his unique voice, but also for a musical universe that transcends genres and his exploration of almost all musical styles. Last year, the 34 year-old Israeli singer released his sixth album, “Gold Shadow,” an unclassifiable disc, ranging from Big Band jazz and reggae to primitive blues, pop and folk ballad, which powerfully echoes the music of the legendary singers and songwriters who inspired him. It’s that eclectic style that will draw you in, and won’t let go.
Good Charlotte – April 18 at The Theater of Living Arts
As a product of the mid to late-90s pop punk explosion, Good Charlotte has five albums and two collaborations under their belt with a sixth – marking their long-awaited return – scheduled for release this July. Unlike many of the genre’s onetime popular acts who kept grinding it out while their popularity waned and the venues got smaller and smaller, Good Charlotte went on an indefinite hiatus in 2011 and let the nostalgia build. Ready to bound out of the gate once again, and with fans excitedly looking to the full length Youth Authority, Good Charlotte is hoping that a second act plays out in their favor.
Joseph Arthur – April 21 at Sellersville Theater 1894
Joseph Arthur is one of the most under the radar artists around, though his fan base is incredibly devoted. Not only is he a solo singer songwriter, he also has collaborated with the like of Dhani Harrison and Ben Harper in Fistful of Mercy, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament in RNDM and Afghan Whigs front man Greg Dulli in the Gutter Twins. Also an accomplished artist, it’s become a regular sight to see him painting a portrait on stage during his concerts. Put simply, enter a Joseph Arthur show, you’ll leave a fan.
Gipsy Kings – April 21 at The Keswick Theatre
Having been around for more than a quarter century and led by Nicolas Reyes and Tonnino Baliardo, the two come from very proud and very musical families based in the south of France. The hard work has paid off in the form of continued success artistically, having landed them multiple Grammys and given them the distinction of being the biggest selling French act in the United States.