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 Sept. 16:
The Proclaimers — Sept. 16 at World Café Live Downstairs
Scottish twin-brothers Craig and Charlie Reid are best known here in the States for their mega-hit “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” which the Proclaimers released in 1993. But many people here don’t realize that the duo have been going at it for more than three decades and have quite the loyal following overseas, headlining the main stages at the likes of V Festival, T In The Park, Isle Of Wight Festival, Womad and Glastonbury fests. They’ve also been influential to some of today’s more popular acts, like the National. Last year, the group released Let’s Hear It for the Dogs, their 10th studio album.
Young the Giant — Sept. 16 at The Fillmore
Following the breakout success of their self-titled 2010 debut album and widespread acclaim for their exhilarating live shows, Young the Giant quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting new bands to come out of Southern California in recent memory. Last month, the band released their third album, Home of the Strange, to widespread acclaim. As a bonus, openers for the show are fellow indie-rock outfit Ra Ra Riot, touring in support of their own new album, this year’s Need Your Light.
Jason Aldean — Sept. 17 at BB&T Pavilion
Georgia-born and Nashville-based Jason Aldean has seen his profile keep growing with the release last week of his seventh album, They Don’t Know, continuing to advance the sound and style that defines today’s country music. The record is his first release since 2014’s Old Boots, New Dirt, which debuted on the top of the Billboard album charts. Aldean is the reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year and has a staggering 17 number one songs to his name. He’s also been a bit outspoken, hardly conforming to the “rules” of the notoriously conservative Nashville music-scene, blazing his own path and, in a way, becoming one of the new leaders of “outlaw country” music.
Nicole Atkins — Sept. 17 at Sellersville Theater 1894
Alt-rock singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins is a throwback to a previous time in music, drawing on a variety of influences like the psychedelic Love and the haunting Roy Orbison. Her last album, 2014’s Slow Phaser, was a neon noir tour de force of late-night pop, unapologetically spirited, sexy, and determinedly forward thinking. Currently she’s crowd-funding her fourth effort, yet to be titled, via PledgeMusic. Atkins description on the site of the upcoming release sounds enticing. “A lot of the songs on the new album deal with loneliness, newfound love, heartache, drinking too much, growing up, moving away and changing,” she says. “All those challenges that I, like I’m sure a lot of you, have had to deal with at one time or another.”
Rock Allegiance Festival — Sept. 17 and 18 at the Talen Energy Stadium
This year’s edition of the Rock Allegiance Festival in Chester has got an incredibly strong lineup, easily one of the best of the year for hard and heavy rock fans. Alice in Chains and Avenged Sevenfold headline the two-day event, but truthfully, many of the artists on the bill could’ve done the same. Slayer, The Cult, The Offspring, Ghost, Anthrax, Breaking Benjamin, Ghost, Sevendust, Chevelle and Buckcherry are just a handful of the big names performing over the weekend. Spread across three stages, there’s something for anyone who likes their guitars turned up and fist-pumping anthems.
AC/DC — Sept. 20 at the Wells Fargo Center
Defying expectations by a rightfully suspicious public at large, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose basically saved AC/DC from a complete financial and live meltdown when he stepped in for the incapacitated Brian Johnson on vocals earlier this year. Rose has been the consummate professional in taking on the position, first overseas and now on the North American makeup shows, which brings the Rock or Bust world tour to a close in Philly. He’s also been the force behind the band dusting off deep cuts like “Live Wire,” “Riff Raff” and “Touch Too Much.” This being the final gig of a high-profile jaunt, it wouldn’t be surprising to see something special happen.
Tom Jones — Sept. 20 at The Tower Theater
Last year, Tom Jones released Long Lost Suitcase, the third in a trilogy of albums following 2010’s Praise & Blame and Spirit in the Room two years later. Suitcase is the musical companion to the iconic singer’s autobiography, Over the Top and Back, which also came out in 2015. At 75 years of age, the onetime heartthrob shows no sign of slowing down with his booming voice leading the way on classics like, “It’s Not Unusual” and “What’s New Pussycat?”