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 16:
Matt Pryor – April 17 at Underground Arts
Back in March of 2012, singer and guitarist Matt Pryor decided to give up music for good. After more than a decade and a half of writing, recording, and touring with a handful of bands – including emo ambassadors the Get Up Kids and folk-tinged indie outfit the New Amsterdams – Pryor was simply exhausted. But shortly after taking time for himself and other, non-musical projects, he discovered something missing. That led to his third solo album, Wrist Slitter, to be released in 2013, and its follow-up, Memento Mori, came out in mid-February.
Stealing Oceans – April 18 at World Café Live – Upstairs
Brian Thompson – better known by his stage name Stealing Oceans – is a hip-hop artist from Andover, Massachusetts now living in Nashville, TN. A versatile musician, Thompson switches between acoustically written songs that pull at the heart to synth driven party songs that make you want to dance. Best known for his live show, he’s also collaborated with a host of well-known musicians like Richard Marx, Michael McDonald and Trey Bruce.
Angelica Garcia – April 19 at Boot & Saddle
Singer/songwriter Angelica Garcia’s journey “down the rabbit hole” began when she moved to Accomac, Virginia after graduating from Los Angeles School for the Arts. She found herself living in a 200-year-old gothic brick home encircled by magnolia trees and under a blanket of bright stars. Her stepfather traded a career in the music industry for Episcopalian priesthood, and an Eastern Shore church would serve as his – and the family’s – first congregation. Isolated and alone, Angelica locked herself in the parish house and fashioned a musical world that veers between ghostly gorgeous countrified blues and sly swamp Americana. The result is her debut, Medicine for Birds, a blues-rocking ode to youth and all the growing pains that come with it.
DNCE – April 20 at The Liacouras Center
Formed in the summer of 2015, DNCE first introduced themselves to audiences worldwide with the release of their debut single “Cake by the Ocean,” their now certified double-platinum breakout smash. The song was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was a certified smash at radio, racking up three weeks at number one on the UK airplay chart, becoming one of the most played songs of the year. Formed by Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, the group already had a built in fanbase, but have brought in a wider audience, not just made up of screaming tweens.
Katatonia – April 20 at The Theatre of Living Arts
Having been in the game for more than 25 years now, Katatonia is showing no signs of slowing down. The Swedish metal act have had countless lauded live shows and festival appearances, with their status as one of heavy music’s most revered bands etched in stone by the time the 21st century truly kicked into gear. Now adored by fans from across the musical spectrum, from diehard metal-heads to dedicated proggers and far beyond, Katatonia continue to wring drops of hope from the fabric of our collective downfall.
Aimee Mann – April 20 at The Keswick Theatre
For her latest album, Mental Illness, renowned singer/songwriter Aimee Mann shows off her rich, incisive and wry melancholia in an almost all-acoustic format, with a “finger-picky” style inspired by some of her favorite ‘60s and ‘70s folk-rock records. Augmented by haunting strings arranged by her longtime producer, Paul Bryan, Mann is leaps and bounds beyond where she began with the alt-rock/new wave beginnings in ‘Til Tuesday back in the early to mid-80s.
Steve Winwood – April 22 at The Tower Theater
Steve Winwood was just a teenager when he rocketed into the international spotlight as the singer of the Spencer Davis Group, but if anything, it prepared him for what was to come, when he became a member of some of the most high profile bands in music history. First was Traffic, then he linked up with Eric Clapton in Blind Faith. When those groups broke apart or went on extended hiatus, he was able to parlay that notoriety into a wildly successful solo career. At this point, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – inducted in 2004 with Traffic – is at the rare point in an artist’s career where he can pretty much do whatever he wants.