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 September 15:
Ezra Furman – September 15 at Underground Arts
Art pop singer/songwriter Ezra Furman considers his latest LP, Twelve Nudes, his punk rock record. The idea is demonstrated in “Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone,” the album’s insanely catchy opening track and lead single, bound up in a compact two minutes and 22 seconds. The positivity of negativity flows throughout the album, distinguished by sharp, lacerating observations, confessions and proclamations, with Furman the indefatigable cheerleader. The song’s slower pace and becalmed verses underlines Twelve Nudes’ musical remit -- less stereotypical punk than raw, raucous rock and roll.
Two Door Cinema Club – September 15 at The Fillmore
From the outside, Two Door Cinema Club is one of the greatest alt-pop success stories of this decade. It was fan-driven fairy-tale stuff; three seventeen-year-old schoolfriends from Bangor Grammar School in County Down, Ireland form a band in 2008 inspired by the sounds of Foals and The Maccabees, but with a succulent melodic twist all their own. Now, four albums deep into a decade plus long career, the group has dispensed with any preconceptions, moving back and forth between indie-rock, pop and dance seemingly
Andrew Bird – September 16 at The Fillmore
Internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler and songwriter Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. Since beginning his recording career in 1997, he has released more than a dozen albums and performed extensively worldwide. Bird has recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, appeared as “Dr. Stringz” on Jack’s Big Music Show and headlined concerts at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and festivals worldwide. Earlier this year he dropped a new record boldly entitled My Finest Work Yet, which – while tongue in cheek for sure – isn’t that far off factually.
Bloc Party – September 17 at Franklin Music Hall
It’s been 15 years since the release of Bloc Party’s seminal, dance-punk single “Banquet,” and now the UK act are celebrating in America by performing their beloved, milestone debut album, Silent Alarm, from start to finish. When it was released in 2005, the LP was a rallying cry in indie music and was met with widespread critical and commercial success, achieving multi-platinum sales throughout the world, and earning Bloc Party a Mercury Prize nomination, in addition to establishing them as one of the most exciting new artists to emerge from England. A decade and a half on, it feels just as fresh as it did back then.
Robert Plant – September 17 at Mann Center for Performing Arts
There have been few artistic reinventions so drastic as the one Robert Plant has pulled off, though when you think about it, it’s not really that surprising. The onetime “Golden God” who fronted Led Zeppelin and helped the group define 70s excess has returned to his roots by restructuring the songs from his past in different ways, all more palatable for the 71-year old’s vocal range but retaining all of the original energy. He’s been further exploring his catalog with ‘The Robert Plant Podcast,’ a weekly show where the singer takes a composition he’s performed and dissects it in a truly informative and unique manner.
Black Pumas – September 18 at The Foundry
The inauspicious collaboration between Grammy Award-winning guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada and a former busker named Eric Burton recommended to him by a friend can now be heard on the self-titled debut album from Black Pumas, the group the pair assembled, which has become one of the year’s most anticipated projects. Described as “Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown” by KCRW, Black Pumas were the winner of Best New Band at the 2019 Austin Music Awards. Quesada has a storied reputation from playing in bands like Grupo Fantasma and Brownout, accompanying artists from Prince to Daniel Johnston but he and Burton knew that they didn’t want their sound to be too retro or imitative. The result is hands down one of the most exciting LPs -- and live shows -- of the year.
Delain – September 19 at The Fillmore
From humble origins in Zwolle, Netherlands, to their current status as one of the hottest bands in the entire heavy music world, Delain have written their own story, with every successive chapter taking them deeper into the spotlight’s glare. They began life as a symphonic metal band with big ambitions and bigger ideas, led by keyboard maestro Martijn Westerholt and the supreme vocal talents of Charlotte Wessels. Since releasing their 2006 debut, Lucidity, the group have marched remorselessly forward, gaining momentum and winning over thousands of converts with each successive album and tour.