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 Feb. 12:
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Feb. 12 and 13 at Wells Fargo Center
SoCal funk legends Red Hot Chili Peppers returned late last spring with their first album in five years and eleventh overall in The Getaway, and not surprisingly received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Finally, they’re bringing a proper tour of North America to the masses, including a two-night stand at the Wells Fargo Center. Longtime followers know to expect the unexpected whenever the Chili Peppers are onstage, and with a couple nights in town to play around, it’s going to get crazy.
Jake Miller – Feb. 13 at the Theatre of Living Arts
Artists who tout their modeling career aren’t typically well received or taken seriously, but since 2012, Jake Miller has continually evolved, surprising fans at each turn trying to buck that trend. Last year, the pop rapper dropped his first EP, Overnight, which his faithful audience – cleverly dubbed “the Millertary” – helped ad to his more than 10 million Spotify streams. Time will tell if Miller can break through the tough bubble, but going by his rabid fan base, he just might blaze his own path.
Overkill – Feb. 14 at The Trocadero
Although everybody seems to have a different account or opinion on who came first in the world of Northeast thrash metal, it seems certain that New Jersey’s Overkill have stayed around the longest, and have remained musically consistent and true to their roots for over three decades. Their show at the Troc coincides with the Feb. 10 release of their 18th album, The Grinding Wheel. And while not as well-known as peers like Anthrax or Metallica, there’s no denying the place of Overkill in the storied thrash history.
Mayhem – Feb. 16 at The Theatre of Living Arts
This one isn’t for the faint of heart. Mayhem is a Norwegian band, long regarded as one of the pioneers of the region’s black metal scene. Mayhem’s career has been highly controversial, primarily due to their violent stage performances, the 1991 suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin – who went by the name “Dead” – and 1993 murder of guitarist Øystein Aarseth – stage name: “Euronymous” – by former member Varg Vikernes – “Count Grishnackh,” of course – who spent 21 years in prison for the crime. If that weren’t enough, Mayhem attracted further attention through their ties to the string of Norwegian church burnings and the prominent incidents of violence surrounding them. It’s going to be an interesting night at the TLA for sure.
Whiskey Myers – Feb. 17 at The Foundry
Texas-based Whiskey Myers are loud and proud, steeped in Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers, singing about what they know with a refreshing directness and clarity. Some call it rebel music, but it’s more like everyday soul. Their songs are stories, with characters and situations that are immediately relatable; tales of celebration, mourning, trials and triumph. Through the quality of these songs, and their undeniable power in concert and on record, the band has attracted a devoted army of outspoken fans who appreciated how nothing is off-limits — nothing is too personal, too sensitive, or too controversial to embrace and explore. Whiskey Myers’ have a confidence born of a long-standing brotherhood and closeness few groups can rival
Tash Sultana – Feb. 18 at World Café Live Upstairs
Since having her hands wrapped around a guitar at the age of three, the self-taught Tash Sultana quickly developed her own unique style that had people lining up to see her perform live. Her vocals shine with a magical quality, and she has a natural gift for melody with virtuosic guitar playing from another planet. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Sultana is just 21 years of age, and has created waves massive street buzz by playing sold out shows worldwide with her experimental leanings that include finger tapping, beat boxing and a host of other dexterous moves that are leaving audiences in awe.
Spin Doctors – Feb. 18 at The Block at Harrah’s Philadelphia (Chester)
Many people remember Spin Doctors as one-hit-wonders, which is factually incorrect; they are actually two-hit-wonders. Both “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes” were inescapable if you listened to the radio at all in 1992 and 1993. Though nominated for a Grammy Award for the latter song, the band quickly fell into obscurity. Now, with ‘90s nostalgia in vogue, it’s no surprise that a new generation is clamoring to see the blues/funk of the New York City natives.