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Peter Hook & the Light: A Joy Division Celebration

Monday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Joy Division was indisputably one of the finest names to emerge as a hugely influential entity in Post Punk and, retroactively, Indie Rock, but the group’s stellar run only lasted only four years. In that first project’s wake, Joy Division’s remaining personnel formed New Order, but hearing a full-on Joy Division set from an authentic source wasn’t particularly viable.That is until Joy Division bassist (and former New Order member) Peter Hook started plotting Joy Division tribute shows.   

Strung Out with Red City Radio, La Armada and The Lockland Brakes

Saturday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Punk was always intended to be fast, loose and fleeting; The Ramones didn’t have a pension plan. Neil Young wasn’t wrong when he noted that it’s better to burn out than to fade away and yet, for every band like The Sex Pistols that existed for a moment in the sun, there’s a band like SoCal’s Strung Out, with an amazingly long history and a potent catalog to back it up.  

Sphynx with Multimagic

Friday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Austin, Texas, Electro Pop trio Sphynx makes magnetic, jubilant noise — ’80s-tinted but also rooted in contemporary sounds like EDM and Indie Pop. Like a mix of Chromeo and MGMT at their grooviest, Sphynx’s music is a call to the cool kids to put down their phones and get on the dance floor. And the heartfelt and non-mechanical vibe makes it infectious and accessible enough to actually work.  

Barrence Whitfield & the Savages with The Sonics

Thursday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Barrence Whitfield is the rare vocalist that comes around as infrequently as a December hurricane, with the same power and surprise. But Whitfield will tell you himself that a frontman is nothing without the right backing, and the best foil for the frenetic vocalist has always been guitarist Peter Greenberg.  

Hooked on Sonics

Influential early Pacific Northwest rockers The Sonics make an unlikely comeback

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
After years of hearing others talk about their influence on Rock musicians, pioneering Pacific Northwest rockers The Sonics have returned with a tour and brand new album, This Is the Sonics.   

Beyond the Mat

The Mountain Goats poetically explore the lives of small-time wrestlers on the new Beat the Champ

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Mountain Goats have dropped 15 albums since 1994, the most recent of which, the just released Beat the Champ, is yet another effort in which frontman John Darnielle’s hyper-literate words and modest but expressive voice take center stage.  

Lucy Wainwright Roche with Cheryl Wheeler

Thursday • The Redmoor

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
If my family should ever disown me and I’m forced to find a new one, I would start by begging Loudon Wainwright III to adopt me. Talent seems to spew from his every orifice and I want a piece of it. He already gave his envy-worthy genes to three incredibly talented musicians — Rufus and Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Roche, in my estimate, got the lion’s share of that talent, though.  

The Suicide Machines with Break Anchor, Bastardous, Derek Grant and Loudmouth

Thursday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
In the Ska/Punk canon, no titan stands mightier than 1989’s Energy, the only album from Operation Ivy. But in 1996, Detroit outfit The Suicide Machines came close to matching that shooting star’s power and prowess with their first album, Destruction By Definition.  

Cory Branan with Tim Easton

Wednesday • Taft Theater (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
As invigoratingly honest Americana continues to blossom amid the musical banalities of Modern Country like a desert rose, it brings with it a new phenomenon: the “No-Hit Wonder,” those troubadours whose grittily propulsive, slyly smart songs just can’t get commercial Country airplay. It is to them that Cory Branan has dedicated the title song of his latest album, The No-Hit Wonder.  

Guster with Kishi Bashi

Wednesday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
It hardly seems possible that next year marks the 25th anniversary of the meeting of guitarists Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner and percussionist Brian Rosenworcel, freshmen at Tufts University who turned their dorm room songwriting hobby into a quarter century of Alt Rock/Folk Pop wonder as Guster.   

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