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SEVEN IN SEVEN: Band of Skulls kicks of this week’s not-to-miss concerts

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STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each week we take 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 October 7:

Band of Skulls – October 7 at Union Transfer

Earlier this year saw the indie rockers Band of Skulls deliver their fourth LP, By Default, following up on their acclaimed 2014 release, Himalayan. This time around is a bit different for the UK trio, as they made a conscious decision to take a step back from their relentless world-wide touring schedule, having never spent more than a month off the road in the last two years. Taking a breath, stepping back and taking stock of the three records before, they’ve returned with a stomping mixture of modern rock with hints at the depths of the blues.

Crystal Castles – October 7 at The Theatre of Living Arts

Known for their chaotic live shows and visceral, melancholic homemade productions, Crystal Castles released a trilogy of critically acclaimed albums over a period of five years beginning in 200808-2013. Their last album, III, was the Tumblr and Hype Machine album of the year for 2013, and cme in at number four on NME’s list for albums of the year. Late last year saw the release the standalone tracks “Frail” and “Deicide,” with one major change – new member Edith Frances had taken over the lead singer slot. That’s a big deal when you’re a duo. Amnesty (I), the first release with Frances, came out this August and now, live in front of the hardcore fans, is where she’s looking to make an impression.

Project Pabst – October 8 at The Electric Factory

Project Pabst is a music festival featuring some of the biggest and best acts in live music, taking place in various cities around the country. Having touched down in Denver, Atlanta and Portland, OR, the one in Philadelphia will be the final one of 2016, and it’s got a stacked lineup. Indie legends Guided by Voices, and up and comers Animal Collective and Beach Slang are just a few of the bands taking part, along with the incomparable Rebirth Brass Band out of New Orleans will make it a night that won’t soon be forgotten.

Sigur Rós – October 8 at Academy of Music

If you’re unfamiliar with Sigur Rós, they are an Icelandic post-rock band known for melodic, classical, experimental, and minimalist elements. The band is led by singer Jónsi and his distinctive falsetto voice. Other than Bjork, they are easily the most popular band to come out of the little island by the Arctic Circle, and since they don’t come to the States often, it’s always a treat to see their ethereal sound and visual spectacle live. If there was one show to not miss this month, Sigur Rós is it.

Allen Stone – October 9 at Ardmore Music Hall

Like many of his own musical heroes – Stevie Wonder chief among them – Allen Stone pulls off the near-magical feat of channeling a weight-of-the-world sensitivity into his songs while still radiating hope and promise. And though that depth of consciousness feels transmitted from a more golden era, the Washington state native continually hones in on issues both timeless and of-the-moment, with breezily poetic lyrics touching on topics ranging from rampant materialism, like “American Privilege,” and the toxic takeover of technology in art, evident on the gutsy and groove-heavy “Fake Future.“ Most of all, it’s Stone’s passion and authenticity which shines through the brightest.

Megadeth – October 11 at Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Back in March, Megadeth came through town while supporting their latest album, Dystopia, and its likely ears are still ringing from that show. Now that the metal gods have been touring the record for several months since, the setlist will be more spread out across the band’s entire catalog. As they’ve become known for in recent years, ‘Deth is also bringing some heavier than heavy friends along for the ride. This time it’s Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church and Butcher Babies. And if you can’t get enough in one dose, the tour hits Camden next Sunday, October 16 at BB&T Pavilion.

Drake and Future – October 13 at the Wells Fargo Center

Drake is having a very good year. His latest album, Views, has become the first record on Apple Music to be streamed over one billion times. Last month, he topped the list of most songs streamed on Spotify. He’s also working with Kanye West on an as-yet-to-be-disclosed project. Being on the road with the white-hot Future on the tail end of his “Summer Sixteen” tour is just the cherry on top at this point. Expect a sonic hit machine to play out at the WFC with tracks like “One Dance,” “Too Good” and “Hotline Bling” leading the way.

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