Snow Patrol with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Anglophiles rejoice! Thursday's triple-bill represents a sonic paradise for fans of Britpop. While its members hail from Scotland and Ireland, headliners Snow Patrol perform in the British rock tradition of the Beatles, the Cure and the Stone Roses. Shimmering Snow Patrol hits like "Chasing Cars" successfully straddle the fine line between insipid dentist office fare and arena rock. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds offer a slight variation of Gallagher's work as a principle member of Oasis. Gallagher (pictured above) wrote the monumental Oasis hits "Live Forever" and "Wonderwall." Teen prodigy Jake Bugg sounds as if he's spent a lot of time listening to both Snow Patrol and Oasis. Tickets to the 7: 30 p.m. show range from $39.50 to $49.50.
People who detest Primus' abrasive version of funk-rock may find themselves purchasing tickets to Friday's concert in spite of themselves. The decidedly odd sensibility bandleader Les Claypool displays on bass-heavy material like "My Name Is Mud" and "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" aren't the show's only attraction. The event is part of "the first-ever traveling 3D enhanced" music tour. The concert also features "Quad Surround Sound." A cautionary advisement posted at the band's site dares queasy concertgoers not to "vomit on your neighbor." Tickets to the 8 p.m. show range from $37.50 to $53.
Dan Deacon isn't just another electronica musician. The sounds he creates are far more ambitious than the typical cut-and-paste productions favored by many of electronic dance music's most popular figures. America, Deacon's current album, has as much in common with classical composers like Philip Glass as it does with the likes of Skrillex. And Deacon's live appearances are the stuff of legend. Even in a genre that cultivates communal ecstasy, Deacon's unconventional tactics brings audiences together in entirely unexpected ways. Joining Deacon Friday are graphic artist Alan Resnick, rap-rock hybrid act Height With Friends and Chester Endersby Gwazda, a producer from Deacon's hometown of Baltimore.
Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show.
Billed as "the guitar event of the year," Friday's concert will be chock-full of electrified bluster. Bonamassa favors showy guitar solos in the tradition of his heroes Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. While he actually leans toward the rock side of the blues-rock spectrum, Bonamassa's latest album Beacon Theatre: Live from New York recently topped Billboard magazine's blues chart. While subtlety isn't Bonamassa's strong suit, his formidable technical skills have been awing fans of flashy guitar work for over a decade. Tickets to the 8 p.m. show range from $55 to $95.
This polyphonic acoustic-rock world-music band from Pittsburgh is well into its third decade of recording and performing. Friday, night the current six-person lineup, including founding members Michael Glabicki,
Patrick Norman and Liz Berlin headline a show at Knuckleheads that is also a CD-release party for "The Movement." Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk open. Advamce tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $20.
With a goal of making emergency health care affordable for locally-based musicians, the Apocalypse Meow Fund is partially subsidized by an annual concert featuring area musicians. This year's benefit features a broad array of artists. Fire-breathing rockers the Architects serve as Saturday's headliners. Also on the bill are the heavy rock band the Atlantic, honky-tonkers -he Blue Boot Heelers, scuzzy-pop trios the Empty Spaces and Deco Auto, gritty roots act Cadillac Flambe and fledgling rockers in the School of Rock. Tickets to the 6 p.m. show are $10.
When Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974, the British band had yet to shed its reputation as a psychedelic blues act. The American duo's pop smarts dramatically altered Fleetwood Mac's commercial fortunes. In addition to writing Fleetwood Mac hits including "Go Your Own Way" and "Tusk," Buckingham's bright voice and astounding guitar technique endeared him to millions of fans. The native Californian's solo performance will undoubtedly include work from all phases of his distinctive career. Tickets to the 7 p.m. show range from $50 to $150.
One of the primary gimmicks of the televised vocal competition "The Voice" requires judges to select contestants without first laying eyes on them. Allen Stone would represent a delicious conundrum on the reality show. While he sings like a combination of Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross, Stone resembles a bedraggled cousin of Napoleon Dynamite. He may look like a goof, but the blue-eyed soul singer's 2012 debut album beats Jason Mraz and Mayer Hawthorne at their own games. Two Europeans open Sunday's concert. Selah Sue resembles a Belgian version of Keyshia Cole while the Swedish Tingsek evokes Under the Cherry Moon-era Prince. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show are $15.50 in advance and $17.50 on the day of the show.
Pedro the Lion's 2002 album Control was the pinnacle of a movement that conflated emo and Christian rock. The album's themes include sex, divinity, infidelity and salvation. Pedro the Lion's David Bazan will recreate the landmark recording in its entirety Monday at the RecordBar. Partly because the painfully sincere Bazan has alternately disappointed and delighted his admirers in the subsequent decade, his appearance promises several degrees of catharsis. Stagnant Pools, an Indianapolis-based duo that juxtapose pretty melodies with waves of noise, open the show. Tickets to the 9:30 p.m. show are $13 in advance.
| Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star (with meager assistance from Timothy Finn)