COLUMN WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media
Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each week 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 May 13:
Dead Meadow – May 14 at Underground Arts
Washing D.C. stoner rockers Dead Meadow got their start in the late 90s, embarking on a journey that took them out to sunny shores of Los Angeles, linking up with the musical collective the Committee to Keep Music Evil. Along with the heavy song and blues-influenced songs as on their first two records, the band continued in their psychedelic style, with acoustic elements and ballads. Now we’re just waiting on album number eight, as it’s been three years since Warble Womb.
Heartless Bastards– May 14 at Union Transfer
Heartless Bastards have spent the past decade in motion, pushing their unique brand of rock and roll into new shapes over five acclaimed albums and nearly non-stop touring. On Restless Ones, released almost a year ago, the band blazed a path to a place of shifting moods, seasoned songcraft, and unbridled spontaneity. As the follow up to their breakthrough effort Arrows, the album finds
singer/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom exploring as-yet-unvisited avenues of sound and sensation, her bravery and ambition readily apparent in the emotional and sheer physicality of her songs.
Tony Bennett – May 14 at Sands Bethlehem Event Center
At 89 years of age, Tony Bennett might be the eldest rock star on the planet. OK, in his generation they didn’t exactly call them “rock stars,” but this crooner defies conventions by still going strong when his peers are either long gone or relaxing in some retirement community. Bennett’s latest effort is The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, where he has taken on the tracks of the great musical composer of the early 20th Century. In addition to a few tracks from that collection, expect hits like “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”
Rogue Wave – May 15 at Johnny Brenda’s
Over the decade and a half that Oakland indie-rockers Rogue Wave have been making music, Zach Rogue has continued to expand his band’s emotional spectrum. Drawing inspiration from the inevitable delusions of everyday American life, Rogue, his longtime bandmate Pat Spurgeon, and their fellow members have delivered a fresh sound founded on the art of patience, the fearlessness of experimenting, and the unbridled joy of creating something meaningful to provide a meaningful soundtrack vacant times.
3 Doors Down – May 19 at Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Back in the mid to late 90s, earnest alternative rock was at the peak pf popularity with Creed, Fuel, Tonic and, of course, 3 Doors Down leading the way. With a catalog containing songs like “Here Without You,” “When I’m Gone” and “Kryptonite,” 3DD sustains while so many of their fellow artists have imploded or gotten sick of each other. The lineup may have shifted, though no more dramatically than anyone else, and when it comes to the 90s alt-rock, it’s actually ok if it’s faceless.
Sebastian Bach – May 19 at The Theater of Living Arts
When it comes to frontmen of the late-80s, few are as polarizing as Sebastian Bach. His former bandmates in Skid Row apparently can’t stand him to this day, having turned down multiple opportunities to reunite with the slender Canadian with the flowing locks. But then there’s that litany of songs which no one else can quite put a stamp on like Bas; “Youth Gone Wild,” “18 and Life” and “Monkey Business” to name a few. Until that long-awaited Skid Row reunion ultimately comes to pass, seeing him deliver those hits solo will have to do.
All-Star Elvis Costello Tribute – May 19 at Ardmore Music Hall
This year marks the 30th anniversary of two landmark Elvis Costello albums – King of America and Blood & Chocolate. To honor these albums, Philly’s own Ross Bellenoit & The Deceptions will perform a tribute show. Following 13 years of living in Philadelphia, Bellenoit has racked up an impressive credit list as a guitarist, composer and record producer. He received the experience of a lifetime when he toured with Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello as a member of Amos Lee’s band in 2007. Bellenoit will be performing these albums along with a host of special guests, including Ben Arnold, Sean Hoots, Pete Donnelly, Cliff Hillis and more.
Dead Meadow – “Sleepy Silver Door”
Heartless Bastards – “Only For You”
Tony Bennett – “Fly Me To The Moon”
Rogue Wave – “California”
3 Doors Down – “Here Without You”
Sebastian Bach – “17 and Life”
Elvis Costello – “Veronica”