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 March 5:
Mike Doughty – March 5 at World Café Live – Downstairs
Perhaps best known as the frontman for ‘90s alt-rock band Soul Coughing, singer-songwriter and author Mike Doughty returned last year with his ninth album, The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns. The record is the third collaboration between Doughty and Queens, N.Y. hip-hop producer Good Goose and features some of his most mature songwriting to date, bouncing between lonesome country influences and trap beats.
Eisley – March 6 at The Foundry
Having toured the world with the likes of Coldplay, Taking Back Sunday and Snow Patrol, indie pop outfit Eisley is coming to town in support of their fifth effort, I’m Only Dreaming, which came out last month. The band’s commitment to their own unique, visually imaginative brand of songwriting has both nurtured their base and shielded them from being put into any one box or genre. Indifferent to industry boundaries and conventions, the Texas-based act continues to expand, focused on who they are, writing what they feel and experience.
All Them Witches – March 2 at Johnny Brenda’s
Heavy and hypnotic, All Them Witches concoct a powerful and potent psychedelic sound that fuses bluesy soul, Southern swagger and thunderous hard rock. Delivering a jam-filled live show where no two shows are the same, the band has amassed a devoted following and have become something of a sensation in the underground rock scene. Sleeping Through the War, the group’s fourth full-length, came out just two weeks ago, and has more of the hypnotic riffage fans of the bluesy, stoner rock have come to adore.
Delicate Steve – March 9 at Underground Arts
Some of the first people to recognize Delicate Steve’s music were fellow artists who became vocal supporters, as the young kid from upstate New Jersey began to develop a growing fanbase in small New York clubs. Following the 2012 release of Positive Force, Delicate Steve, aka Steve Marion, had become a fixture on the music scene and an on-demand collaborator among different scenes, players, and bands, making some of the most celebrated and forward thinking music today. The sound is a generous helping of folk, roots, surf and something familiar from the 70s you just can’t put your finger on.
Strand of Oaks – March 10 at Union Transfer
Originally from Indiana, but now making his home in Philadelphia, Timothy Showalter has fought through a path of obstacles including heartbreak, which have led to some impressive and authentic music. Under the moniker Strand of Oaks, Showalter saw the release of his latest album, Hard Love, last month to rave reviews. It’s a striking work, one that bounces from straight ahead rock and roll to deep and moving bare-your-soul type ballads. The year is still young, but Hard Love is already at the top of the list for one of the best of 2017.
Valerie June – March 10 at The Trocadero
Americana singer-songwriter Valerie June has one of the most beautiful and distinctive voices to come out of the South in years. At a young age, the Tennessee native not only taught herself guitar, but also banjo and ukulele,
developing a distinctive style inspired by her heroes from a century before like Mississippi John Hurt and the Carter Family. What makes the show at the Troc so special is it marking the day of release of her new album, The Order of Time, which will officially be her fourth if you combine both indie and label works she has put out. And like her other records, it features captivating songs that sound like nothing else out there; haunting, brilliant and emotional all at the same time.
Sting – March 11 at The Fillmore
There’s been a lot of buzz around Sting’s latest album, the November released 57th & 9th, as it’s his first rock outing in well over a decade. The ex-Police frontman has toyed with a variety of genres over the years, some with more success than others, but he’s always pushed himself as an artist. Returning to his roots though, with driving, urgent and pulsating compositions, feels fresh and exciting. Expect a rollicking gig at the Fillmore along with some of the better-known songs from his former outfit.