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 June 3:
Eagles of Death Metal – June 3 at The Trocadero
Eagles of Death Metal had the spotlight of the world shone on them last November when terrorists from the Islamic State opened fire and set off explosives during the band’s concert in Paris, killing 89 people in attendance. While many bands having faced a tragedy like that would have taken a long, long period of time off, EODM have soldiered on … and some are saying it’s too soon. Frontman Jesse Hughes has made a string of controversial statements of late regarding the attack, leading the outfit to get dropped from a number of European festivals this season. Still, the group is being welcomed by fans here in the States, but one has to wonder if the raging fun typically a staple of their shows is a bit tainted now.
Grimes – June 3 at The Electric Factory
Grimes, the multimedia project of Canadian artist Claire Boucher, is best known for her work as a producer, singer and songwriter. She also uses the moniker “Grimes” to encompass her work as a director, painter and writer. Leading up to last November’s release of her critically acclaimed fourth album, Art Angels, she was named the Webby’s artist of the year and was also awarded a Juno for electronic album of the year for her third record, Visions. It’s no wonder the stages keep getting bigger.
Hatebreed – June 3 at Underground Arts
Hatebreed have come a long way from the East Coast’s storied nineties underground scene. Their journey has seen them achieve a 2005 Grammy nod in the category of “Best Metal Performance” and now they’ve just released their seventh album, The Concrete Confessional. Led by frontman Jamey Jasta, the Connecticut based metalcore outfit continues to press forward with blistering guitar leads, a devastating low-end and unending aggressiveness.
The Roots Picnic – June 4 at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
The Roots Picnic has become an institution in the region, an all-day music festival with an exciting lineup that is just one year short of celebrating a decade in enthralling audiences at Penn’s Landing each June. This year is no different, which, including the ubiquitous house band and namesake of the festival, featuring the likes of Usher, Future, DMX, Swizz Beatz and Leon Bridges.
Beyoncé – June 5 at Lincoln Financial Field
Being one of the few artists to actually be able to command the region’s largest venue in Lincoln Financial Field for one night this weekend isn’t enough; Beyoncé is going to do it twice … even though the second date of the two-night stand doesn’t come until Sept. 29. Late April saw the release of her sixth album – and sixth in a row to top the Billboard charts – a work titled Lemonade which was roundly fawned over by fans and critics alike. There’s been much gossip surrounding it, whether it slyly addresses the rumored infidelity of her husband Jay Z, but all that is extra buzz that fades away when the Queen Bey takes the stage.
Mudcrutch – June 8 at The Fillmore
Mudcrutch was initially formed in 1970 in Florida and is the precursor to the legendary Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Four years later saw the band signed to Shelter Records, move to Los Angeles and release a sole single, “Depot Street,” to very little fanfare. The group broke up the following year and could have settled for being a footnote, but instead Mudcrutch rose from the ashes in 2008 to remind audiences that the golden age of rock and roll bands still have a few treasures to unearth. Their debut, made some thirty-three years later, was an unexpected hit; thought having Tom Petty on bass and vocals didn’t hurt. Late last month saw the release of their sophomore album, 2, which going by early reviews is another hit.
Tiger Army – June 9 at The Theatre of Living Arts
Tiger Army, with their sound best described as sort of a Ramones meets Roy Orbison vibe, have just dropped the album V •••–, touching on all the hallmarks of great rock ‘n’ roll. There’s a substance and detail on display here that’s distinctly out of the ordinary; and considering Tiger Army’s track record as one of the most vibrant and inspired groups to emerge from the California punk scene, it’s no surprise. The group has always pushed forward creatively while nodding toward the roots of rock, but this time out, is drawing inspiration from the music of the early ‘60s — that pre-Beatles era when the likes of producer Joe Meek and the Shadows were in full bloom, or when a very young Del Shannon made his mark with his 1961 hit “Runaway.”
Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” column appears regularly in Ticket.