STORY 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 Nov. 6:
Screaming Females – Nov. 6 at First Unitarian Church
New Brunswick, New Jersey’s Screaming Females have continued to exude a frenetic energy built upon the climate of America’s punk and indie underground yet has always remained forward-looking. This past February saw them release their sixth album, Rose Mountain, which has the trio adding additional layers to their sound, most notably the stark vocal melodies. Still evolving is a fitting way to celebrate a decade together together, a period that has taken the band from playing basement shows in their hometown to touring with the likes of Dinosaur Jr., Ted Leo & the Pharmacists and Garbage.
Damien Jurado – Nov. 7 at Johnny Brenda’s
Earlier this year, Damien Jurado released Visions of Us on the Land, the final installment of the indie singer/songwriter‘s trilogy, which began with 2012’s Maraqopa and continued two years later with Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. Visions is the last part of the story, which began when a character had to disappear from society in order to discover some universal truths. At this point, an earth now vacant has left behind the individual. Jurado has worked with and been influenced by numerous notable artists over the course of his 20 year career and his dedicated following from his beginning days at Sub Pop Records to the new fans that are just discovering his music. His ability to create art by his own rules has made him a visionary and a mainstay in the independent music world.
Death from Above 1979 and B.R.M.C. – Nov. 7 at The Fillmore
So many rock fans have had this date circled on their calendars for months now. Two of the most reliable rock acts in Canadian duo Death from Above 1979 and San Francisco trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on one, co-headlining bill. Neither has released a new album in a few years, which is a good amount of the appeal, as there’s nothing to push, just some killer music like DFA1979’s “Blood on Our Hands” and “Going Steady,” and B.M.R.C.’s “Ain’t No Easy Way” and “Beat the Devil’s Tattoo.”
Maxwell and Mary J. Blige – Nov. 9 at The Wells Fargo Center
It’s an R&B night for the ages at the WFC as Maxwell and Mary J. Blige are coming to town for a sweet and soulful evening of music. The former is riding high on the acclaim of his first album in seven years, BlackSUMMERS’night, while Blige has just released the single “Thick of It” the first taste of her upcoming and eagerly awaited Strength of a Woman record, which she has been working on for two years straight. Both artists are at the point where they are considered legends of the genre, but still at the top of their respective games.
Margo Price – Nov. 10 at World Café Live Downstairs
First impressions matter — especially on a debut album. Time and attention-strapped listeners size up an artist within a song or two, then move on or delve in further. Fortunately, it only takes Margo Price about twenty-eight seconds to convince you that you’re hearing the arrival of a singular new talent. “Hands of Time,” the opener on Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, is an invitation, a mission statement and a starkly poetic summary of the 32-year old singer’s life, all in one knockout, self-penned punch. Out on Jack White’s Third Man Records, Price has captured the attention of listeners, now we’ll see how she does on the road.
Jagwar Ma – Nov. 11 at The Foundry
The Sydney, Australia band Jagwar Ma came together for sessions across a handful of studios and locations in Australia, the UK and France to shake up an altogether inspired new offering Every Now & Then. Full of spirit and exploding with the energy of new ideas, the album is formed from the building blocks of a myriad of sonic touchstones upon which bandmates Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield concocted for a heady, uplifting brew that very much owns its own space on the spectrum. It’s dance, it’s psychedelic and above all, it doesn’t fail to grab the listener’s attention over and over again.
Atmosphere – Nov. 12 at The Theatre of Living Arts
Defining success is not an exact science by any means, and no one knows that better than hip-hop duo Atmosphere. Starting at 1997’s Overcast, the group’s first official album, and traveling through 20 years of new albums, side projects, and various collaborations, all the way up until this past August’s Fishing Blues album, Atmosphere’s music has evolved in a way that differs from many of their peers and predecessors. The collection of songs contained within both defines and redefine the Atmosphere sound. Their passion and creative spark are as illuminate as ever. It’s pretty apparent Slug and Ant still have plenty of stories to tell.