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Blitzen Trapper with The Parkington Sisters

Monday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
“Feel the Chill,” the first song on Blitzen Trapper’s latest, 2013’s succinctly titled VII, finds the Portland, Ore., outfit in new territory — it sounds like Kid Rock doing Mellow Gold-era Beck covers, its funky beats, harmonica flourishes and Southern-fried guitar lines almost enough to inspire dance-floor movement.  

Literary: Kimberly A. Hamlin

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Kimberly A. Hamlin’s new book, From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women’s Rights in Gilded Age America chronicles the works of several Darwinian writers who sought to prove that woman are not inferior to men.   

Grieves with SonReal

Wednesday • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The cover of Grieves’ fourth full-length album, Winter & the Wolves, features the Seattle-based rapper standing in a wintery landscape, his black-clad frame engulfed by snow and ice. He’s holding a pickaxe, as if ready to take on whatever challenge might come his way. It’s a curious cover art choice in a Hip Hop world often bound by conformity.
  

Conor Oberst with Dawes

Tuesday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Conor Oberst burst out of his Omaha, Neb., bedroom seemingly fully formed, a precocious teen armed with a verbose vocabulary and enough emotion to make The Cure look stoic by comparison.
  

Literary: Greg Iles

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Mississippi-based author Greg Iles nearly died in car wreck during the initial writing of his new novel, Natchez Burning, an experience that couldn’t help but make its way into the finished book.   

Potty Mouth with Fleabite

Wednesday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Potty Mouth features four ladies who call Northampton, Mass., home, which makes sense — the band’s full-length debut, last year’s Hell Bent, sounds like it hails from the same place that spawned Dinosaur Jr., with noisy, interlocking guitars evoking a distinctly early-’90s vibe.  

Alice in Chains

Saturday • Horseshoe Casino

1 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Has it really been nearly a quarter century since Alice in Chains broke Seattle’s mainstream Grunge seal with “Man in the Box”? A lot has changed since that bluesy, metalized wail dominated Rock radio, the most obvious being the 2002 death of singer Layne Staley, whose drug issues long hampered the band’s evolution.  

Literary: Jeffery Deaver

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Lincoln Rhyme is the best forensic detective in the United States. He’s also the creation of best-selling author Jeffery Deaver, whose first Rhyme novel, The Bone Collector, had the crafty detective investigating a serial killer who terrorized New York City.  

Tegan and Sara with The Courtneys and Lucius

Thursday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Tegan and Sara’s seventh full-length, last year’s Heartthrob, is a sleek, synth-driven affair rife with the twins’ interweaving vocals and enough hooks to power a dozen less-accomplished albums. It represents the culmination of an evolution that has seen the raven-haired Canadians move from Lilith Fair-nurtured, Indie Folk upstarts to masters of perpetually heartsick Pop Rock.
  

Literary: Phil Nuxhall

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Cemetery historian Phil Nuxhall’s Stories in the Grove tells the narrative of 115 people buried in Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum.