Welcome to ‘Seven in Seven,’ where each Friday we’ll be taking 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 August 25:
Big Business – August 27 at Boot & Saddle
Heavy rockers Big Business started as a two-piece composed of Jared Warren of Karp and The Tight Bros from Way Back When, and Coady Willis of Murder City Devils. Their sound has a bombastic and frantic low-end attack, marked by Warren's signature vocal delivery. The LA-based outfit’s first three albums didn’t quite mesh with typical post-metal aesthetic, but their idiosyncrasies caught the attention of another iconic outfit: The Melvins. They recorded three albums, an EP, and various songs between 2006 and 2016 with that iconic grunge/doom/experimental act, all while maintaining their own identity as Big Business.
Marialy Pacheco – August 27 at World Café Live - Upstairs
The biggest appreciation so far of Marialy Pacheco’s qualities has been the winning of the Montreux Solo Piano Competition 2012, making her the first woman to win this prize in 15 years history of the competition. Born in Havana 1983, Pacheco was raised in a musical family and began piano studies from an early age and ultimately did three years of composition studies under Tulio Peramo at the Instituto Superior de Artes. Currently she’s the only female pianist in the currently row of famous Cuban jazz piano players like Roberto Fonseca, Omar Sosa or Gonzalo Rubalcaba.
Dogs in a Pile – August 28 at Kung Fu Necktie
Dogs in a Pile is the culmination of a love of music born from the deepest American roots of psychedelia, jazz, fusion, funk, traditional, and rock and roll. Sprung from the rich Asbury Park music scene in New Jersey, their serendipitous convergence has made for the kind of kindred intuition its members had only once dreamed of. Once described as like “listening to a single moving organism,” the sum of its four parts represents an original journey into the peaks and valleys of psychedelic improvisation, all while remaining reminiscent of so much we love of life and music.
Danielle Nicole Band – August 28 at Ardmore Music Hall
As founding member and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, winner of the 2014 Blues Music Award for Instrumentalist - Bassist and nominee for female artist in the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards, Danielle Schnebelen has spent years growing her fan base around the world. In 2014 she decided to push her musical boundaries further by forming the Danielle Nicole Band, furthering a sound that began when she got her start singing in coffeehouses and at open mic events while growing up immersed in the local Kansas City blues scene.
Lynyrd Skynyrd – August 30 at BB&T Pavilion
It’s no secret that Lynyrd Skynyrd have been living on the vapors of past success for decades now, as their credibility deteriorated with the death or exit of another original member, leaving guitarist Gary Rossington as the sole remaining one. Thankfully, the group is putting itself out of a long gestating misery on the current Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. It couldn’t come more quickly, as even Rossington is struggling, forcing some postponed dates earlier this month when he had to have a “leaky heart valve” repaired. But for those seeking some Southern rock nostalgia, this is the last time – hopefully – classics like “Call Me the Breeze,” “Gimme Back My Bullets” and “That Smell” will be served up under the Skynyrd banner.
Inter Arma – August 31 at Kung Fu Necktie
Inter Arma‘s music resists generalization and categorization, but if there’s one thing that’s consistently true, it’s that the Virginia quintet possesses an unparalleled sense of scope. Few artists today accurately convey the complexity that they do, creating terrible and often hauntingly beautiful portraits of humanity through music that is deeply organic but still mystical and modern. Their sound is a blend of doom, post-metal, sludge and black and death metal, leaving any sonic palate refreshed for the varied genres, especially on their latest effort. Sulphur English, finds them mining deeper in prog and organic doom fields while expanding further the on the psych-folk strain renowned from their previous material.
Slipknot – August 31 at BB&T Pavilion
On paper, Slipknot should not still be a thing. They burst onto the mainstream scene just as nu metal was taking hold, taking the genre to its most extreme. Decked out in goofy masks and featuring entirely too many members, it wouldn’t have been surprising had they gone the way of Limp Bizkit, Trap and Coal Chamber. Yet here we are, in 2019, and the band’s just released album, We Are Not Your Kind, landed at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and is their first LP to top the charts in the UK in 18 years. They still wear the ridiculous masks, have a new drummer dubbed “Tortilla Man,” and somehow matter more than ever. Chalk it up to unrest in the mainstream and a need to have an outlet for aggression, or maybe it’s because Slipknot are just that good.