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CONCERT PICKS: Son Volt, Stolas, Anthrax and others bring next week’s music delivery

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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 April 2:
Glen Phillips – April 2 at World Café Live Downstairs
Best known as the singer for the ‘90s modern rock outfit Toad the Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips has been quite active as a solo artist since the dawn of the millennia. Much like his work in Toad, the material is poignant and bittersweet, showcasing Phillips’ ear for melody. He’s by far one of the more underrated of the genre out there and worth going to check out even if you’re only familiar with his more well-known outfit.
James McCartney – April 2 at Sellersville Theater 1894
It can’t be easy being the son of one of the most well regarded songwriters and performers in the history of music, but James McCartney proves that he’s much more than the son of a Beatle as he’s developed a signature aesthetic of melding smart hooks and alt-rock mixed in with some psychedelic music. Last year he released his second LP, The Blackberry Train, after seeking the skills of noted alternative music producer Steve Albini. The results make for an edgy and eclectic album with carefully crafted songs that further put him in his own category. For a related story, see page .
Stolas – April 4 at Voltage Lounge
Late last month, Las Vegas-based progressive-rock outfit Stolas dropped their third album, a self-titled effort. The record explores the lyrical concepts of addiction, corruption, greed, anxiety, and multiverse theories. It’s also the first of the band’s discography to feature lead vocals from drummer Carlo Marquez. The first single, “Bellwether,” came out a couple weeks ago, and was accompanied by an energetic, performance piece – and alcohol-fueled – video.
Anthrax and Killswitch Engage – April 5 at The Electric Factory
Get ready to bang your heads and keep your heads up in the mosh pit. Fans of metal will get their fill with this union, dubbed the “Killthrax Tour,” featuring two of the most intense acts in the genre. The Electric Factory date will see Anthrax – still riding high on last year’s For All Kings LP – close the show, as the two bands have been trading off headlining slots every other night or so. Killswitch hasn’t exactly been slouching either, with their seventh album, Incarnate, celebrating its one year anniversary last month.
Son Volt – April 5 at Ardmore Music Hall
When alt-country outfit Uncle Tupelo called it a day in 1994, singer Jay Farrar needed a new project to occupy his artistic leanings. He formed Son Volt, following down a similar path of his previous act, one that continues to wind along with their latest album, February’s Notes of Blue. Pushing 50, it’s the 20th release Farrar has been a part of overall, and not for one second does he sound tired or worn.

Son Volt
Photo by David McClister

The record is the broader blues of the folk process, where Son Volt has always lived, irrespective of culture and caste. The blues as one of many languages available to shape and recast as the song needs, using the genre as a jumping off point.
Ann Wilson – April 6 at Keswick Theatre
Heart came back in a big way last summer with their album Beautiful Broken, an interesting concept that fused new recordings and fresh takes on some of their earlier compositions. Following a successful tour with Joan Jett, sisters Ann and Nancy had every right to just sit back and take it easy. For Ann though, she was itching to get back on the road, and launched a 20-date solo tour. Expect not only some of the most popular songs from her 16 record deep catalog with Heart, but also a selection of covers and tracks from her solo outings. Wilson’s voice is one of the best in rock and roll, and to catch her in the confines of the Keswick will be a treat for both her hardcore fans and those who have a soft spot for Heart. For a related story, see page .
Kip Winger – April 6 at Sellersville Theater 1894
The hair-metal band Winger turned into a punchline when the genre was obliterated by grunge music in the early ‘90s, and that’s a shame, because Kip Winger is a truly talented songwriter no matter what type of music he’s doing. When it all went downhill with the band, Kip built a studio in the hills of Santa Fe, New Mexico and started writing and producing music without limits. Just this year, he was nominated for a Grammy, and it wasn’t in a rock category at all; he got the nod for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. That should have those Winger naysayers thinking twice about making fun of the guy anytime soon.

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