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 14:
1964 The Tribute – October 14 at Colonial Theatre
One of the biggest bummers about The Beatles is they stopped performing live after 1966, and unless you were around during that time, you missed out. Thankfully, there are a number of tribute acts out there which try to recapture some of that magic, though none may be more dedicated than 1964 The Tribute, who have played thousands of shows over the years focusing solely on when The Beatles were an active touring unit. Faithfully representing the foursome in their innocent, mop-top glory, it’s as close as fans can get to seeing the real thing at the height of Beatlemania.
All Hail the Yeti – October 14 at The Voltage Lounge
All Hail the Yeti channel a groove that chills and captivates with a kind of succinct bludgeoning that turned them into one of Los Angeles’ most revered modern metal bands evoking the likes of Acid Bath and Pantera with a healthy dose of Mötley Crüe-style excess and infectiousness. It also fuels their two studio albums – the latest being this summer’s Screams from a Black Wilderness – and incendiary live performances. Since bursting to life in 2006, the group has toured with everybody from In This Moment and Hollywood Undead to Motionless In White and 36 Crazyfists, carving out a fervent diehard fan base in the process.
Seratones – October 14 at Milkboy
Hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana Seratones are one of the most exciting bands to come out in recent memory, having released their critically acclaimed debut album, Get Gone, earlier this year, and their ferocious, whiskey-infused, garage rock-meets-gospel live show have made them one of the most
exhilarating touring bands of late. The influences of their hometown and powerhouse frontwoman A.J. Haynes’ singing voice, first honed at Brownsville Baptist Church in Columbia, Louisiana at age 6, rings across every track. Check them out at Milkboy, because the next time they come through, it won’t be in a venue this small.
Squeeze – October 14 at The Keswick Theatre
As befits one of the UK’s much-loved acts, there is no end of Squeeze fans currently wearing their influences firmly on their sleeve. Praise has come from the likes of uber-producer Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Supergrass, Lily Allen and Razorlight. Their fingerprints are keenly felt throughout the fabric of popular music, so it’s only right that the songs, with their evergreen and popular sound, continue to be played and enjoyed live. Since 2007, Squeeze reformed as a unit and have been slowly finding time to play a series of gigs and festival dates, reaffirming their abilities as a band. The new lineup, arguably their most able yet, is completed by Squeeze veteran John Bentley and Tilbrook’s Fluffers cohorts Simon Hanson and Stephen Large, and has become an instant favorite on the festival circuit since reforming with appearances at V, Oxegen, T in the Park and Latitude.
Foy Vance – October 18 at The Ardmore Music Hall
Late last year, critically acclaimed Northern Ireland singer/songwriter Foy Vance became only the second artist signing to Gingerbread Man Records, a division of Atlantic Records started by Ed Sheeran. Traveling through America for much of his youth, Vance eventually settled down in Ireland where he worked to put out his debut album Hope in 2007. Gathering the acclaim of both fans and fellow musicians, he was invited to tour worldwide with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Marcus Foster, Snow Patrol, Sheeran and Sir Elton John. Deeply rooted in the rich musical history and aesthetic of the Southern United States along with his own ingrained Irish musical heritage, Vance has come into his own with this past spring’s third effort, The Wild Swan.
Teenage Fanclub – October 18 at World Café Live Downstairs
Teenage Fanclub were one of those bands from the early 90s who never got their just due outside their native Scotland, which is a shame because with catchy harmonies and brilliant soundscapes, remain a hidden gem in alt-rock. Last month, they released their first album in six years, Here. As is befitting of a record that took its time to arrive, Here uses reflective space to dazzling effect. “Steady State,” with its gorgeous ebb and flow, has echoes of The Byrds astral jangle, while “I Was Beautiful When I Was Alive” unexpectedly curves off from dreamlike beginnings into a semi-acoustic outro, sonically replacing the steady beat of the German autobahn with the vast open skies of the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s an effortless sounding work, of a band confident in their songcraft and also one that shows getting old doesn’t have to be a byproduct of maturity.
Failure – October 19 at The Trocadero
Having returned in 2014 from a 17-year hiatus, Failure defied the odds by picking up right where they left off with last year’s The Heart is a Monster, which ended up on many a rock critic’s 2015 best of list. Now that that touring and promotional cycle is over, the Los Angeles natives have dug back into their catalog to resurrect one of the great masterpieces of the late-90s, Fantastic Planet. It was the third Failure album, remains their most impressive and turned 20 this year. What better way to celebrate it than playing it in its entirety? And for those who are just discovering the group, they are in for a treat.