COLUMN WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media
Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday 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 Oct. 30:
The B-52’s – Oct. 30 at The Fillmore
Formed 40 years ago this month and gaining mainstream success in the late 80s, The B-52’s have always been a pleasant oddity in the realm of pop music. The quirky guitar hooks, driving drums and unmistakable vocal style courtesy of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson make the Athens, Georgia natives an instantly recognizable act. Known best for the songs “Roam,” “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster,” the B-52s continue to host a party-music revolution and show no signs of slowing down.
Lita Ford – Oct. 31 at Sellersville Theater 1894
In a predominantly males only club of the hair metal 80s, former Runaways’ lead guitarist Lita Ford crashed the party with her catchy, sexy rockers, opening the door for the likes of Vixen to show that, yes indeed, girls can rock too. Led by the hits “Kiss Me Deadly,” “Shot of Poison” and the smash ballad duet with Ozzy Osbourne “Close My Eyes Forever,” Ford cemented herself as one of the major talents on the scene. This year, she released the acclaimed autobiography Living Like a Runaway, along with the album Time Capsule which features appearances from Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons, bass legend Billy Sheehan and Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro.
Bad Suns – Oct. 31 at Union Transfer
Last month, Los Angeles, California’s Bad Suns released their sophomore album, Disappear Here thirteen tracks which serve as a follow up to 2014’s critically acclaimed debut, Language & Perspective. Led by singer Christo Bowman, the indie rockers have dazzled with the decidedly poppy tracks “Heartbreaker,” “Daft Pretty Boys” and “Cardiac Arrest.” The foursome has known each other since junior high school and despite the flooded L.A. music scene, stuck with the city instead of moving somewhere they might be more likely to have a spotlight shone on them. Bad Suns have recruited fellow pop rock upstarts COIN for the current tour.
Tegan and Sara – Nov. 3 at The Fillmore
Even as they’ve been embraced by the mainstream, Tegan and Sara consciously operate to the left of popular culture. The Canadian twin-sisters lyrical and social wisdom comes from an outside vantage looking in, with the essential message that underpins their worldview and identity is inclusion.
It’s only fitting that the two self-described outsiders ultimately found acceptance from such a diverse mixture of cultural forces. The indie-rock duo can perform comfortably alongside Katy Perry or Neil Young, Taylor Swift or The Killers. Back in June, they released their eighth studio LP, Love You to Death, to rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
Daughter – Nov. 4 at The Electric Factory
One of the most exciting outfits to emerge in recent years is also one of the most sublime in English folk trio Daughter. Led by frontwoman Elena Tonra, the band released a string of moody, confessional EPs before dropping the full-length masterpiece If You Leave in the spring of 2013. January of this year saw its follow-up, Not to Disappear, come out, and it’s another stunner. It’s resonant and emphatic, feels bigger all around and continues the trajectory begun years ago in the most satisfying way. Seeing Daughter live is an experience in itself, almost transcendent with soft lighting and a haunting, atmospheric feeling to the proceedings.
The Hooters – Nov. 4 and 5 at The Keswick Theatre
You can always tell when Thanksgiving is just over the horizon by the Hooters’ concert schedule and their annual homecoming shows. Taking place over two nights at the Keswick, the locally bred favorites will bust out classics like “And We Danced,” “Day by Day” and “All You Zombies.” It’s been a long career for the band, with highlights including opening Live Aid in 1985, performing as part of Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters’ landmark concert The Wall – Live in Berlin in 1990 and somehow becoming one of the biggest groups in Germany of all places. A couple weeks back, the Hooters got a shout out during a Saturday Night Live skit featuring Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey as two undecided voters from Delaware County. It proves that even decades after their peak in popularity, the band left an indelible mark.
Temple of the Dog – Nov. 4 and 5 at The Tower Theater
Having retrospectively been dubbed a “supergroup,” by the alternative press back in the early 90s as grunge took over the musical landscape, Temple of the Dog featured members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, before the latter even existed as a band. They were formed by singer Chris Cornell to pay tribute to then recently departed singer Andrew Wood of the band Mother Love Bone, who were poised to be the next big thing before his death. Releasing just one, self-titled record in 1990, Temple of the Dog never toured, but this year decided to hit the road for the first time ever.