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 12:
Andy Suzuki & The Method – March 12 at World Café Live – Upstairs
Brooklyn’s Andy Suzuki and Kozza Olatunji-Babumba have been making music together for nearly a decade, but now with this year’s third full-length album, The Glass Hour, a creative friendship has flowered into a formidable musical force. The pair first garnered wider attention with the folk-pop album, Born out of Mischief, and soon found themselves opening for big names like Ringo Starr, Joshua Radin, and Tyrone Wells. Andy and Kozza are aiming for nearly every place on the radio dial, be it R&B, country rock, and just good old, sing-along pop.
Deafheaven – March 13 at The Theatre of Living Arts
Five years ago, George Clarke and Kerry McCoy were living off food stamps in a small apartment in the Mission District of San Francisco with six other roommates. While their Deafheaven debut album Roads To Judah was met with high praise, there wasn’t a large audience for their signature hybrid of black metal, shoegaze, and post-rock. Eventually, the two began piecing together musical fragments that would become their sophomore album Sunbather, which was thematically fixated on the un-punk dream of climbing out of poverty and living among the leisure class. It was a massive critical success and an unexpected crossover hit, and provided momentum to New Bermuda, which came out in 2015 to across the board praise. Now recognized as one of the leaders of the “blackgaze” genre, the food stamps are a thing of the past and Deafheaven is crushing it on the road.
Regina Spektor – March 13 at The Fillmore
Soviet Union born Regina Spektor began studying classical piano when she was six, and when her family emigrated to New York City in 1989, she continued her classical training, eventually studying
composition at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College where she graduated with honors. She began writing pop songs in her late teens and made her recorded debut in 2001 with a self-released collection of songs heavily influenced by jazz and blues. Spektor’s commercial breakthrough came five years later on her fourth LP, Begin to Hope. Late last September, Spektor’s seventh album, Remember Us Life, came out to a solid reception from critics and longtime fans.
House of Pain – March 14 at Reverb
Hip-hop outfit House of Pain will be forever known for the early ‘90s smash-hit “Jump Around,” one of the most enduring songs of that decade and beyond. Their Irish leanings make it a perfect time to catch them right before St. Patrick’s Day, and you can expect them to bring out that track, along with other classics like “Shamrocks and Shenanigans” and Top o’ The Morning to Ya.” The Los Angeles trio doesn’t tour that much these days, but this time of year have no problem meeting the demand of fans young and old.
Colin Hay – March 15 at The Keswick Theatre
The 80s advent of MTV brought about many video stars, and none of them were bigger – for a time – than Men at Work, led by the hits “Who Can it Be Now?” and “Down Under.” But since their initial break-up in 1986, frontman Colin Hay has been hard at work on a solo career that has drawn in a dedicated lot of fans of his intense, confessional brand of songwriting. Earlier this month, he released Fierce Mercy, an epic, cinematic step forward, which is interesting because the documentary on Hay titled Waiting for My Real Life was a hit last year at a slew of film festivals around the country. He’s stuck around long enough that it’s not even a second act, Hay’s career is simply an exercise in longevity.
Itzhak Perlman – March 15 and 16 at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and instructor Itzhak Perlman is one of the most distinguished violinists of the late 20th century. He’s also been the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; an honor bestowed upon him in 2015, and is returning to town to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of classics over a two-night stand. First up is the Bach Violin Concerto No. 1, followed by Mozart Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”) and closing out with Dvorák Symphony No. 8.
Fishbone – March 17 at Underground Arts
Celebrating more than 30 years of history, Fishbone has been trailblazing their way through American ska, funk, punk and rock fusion becoming a part of the burgeoning alternative rock music scene of the mid-1980s. They have toured worldwide with bands like the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Roots, Primus, and many more. Lead singer Angelo Moore’s ability to combine thought-provoking, humorous social commentary with Fishbone’s frenzied, up-tempo music and frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show has cultivated their undisputed reputation as one of the best live acts in alt-rock history.