This coming week the House of Blues is host to a variety of rock groups that ought to provide a loud, cool alternative to the unbearable summer heat. The lineup includes One Republic, BB King, Bad Rabbits, Epic Saturdays, Wolf Parade and the Dead Weather. The all-male band from Colorado Springs, One Republic, was one of the first bands to go viral with the help of MySpace. While releasing hits for others, front man Ryan Tedder made his name in the music industry by writing hits for Natasha Bedingfield and Leona Lewis, before gaining with his own band’s debut, Dreaming Out Loud (2008).
“Apologize” and “Stop and Stare” made it to the radio before the album was even finalized. The band remained true to their rock roots despite their hip-hop record label and continued to do so with Waking Up (2009). One Republic usually receives musical comparisons to The Fray and Coldplay. In June, One Republic appeared on the Today Show’s Summer Concert Series in promotion of their upcoming headlining world tour, which comes to Boston tonight.
Next the King of Blues, BB King, age 84, is set to appear at the House of Blues tomorrow night. One of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, King began recording in 1949 and his first hit, “Three O’Clock Blues,” was on the R&B chart for 17 weeks. The legendary King’s increasingly sophisticated and eclectic approach found him pushing the blues in new direction and bringing blues music to the mainstream. He has been an inspiration to Eric Clapton, Steve Ray, Mike Bloomfield and many more. King was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album nine times since 1984. (more)
Boston’s House of Blues is hosting some of the largest names in alternative rock this summer, beginning with tomorrow’s show, headlined by the New Pornographers and featuring the Dodos. The New Pornographers’ new album Together was released in early May and recorded throughout Canada and the US, with the help of a small army (including Will Sheff from Okkervil River, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, The Dap Kings, and Zach Condon from Beirut, amongst many others). Together conveys a variety of experimental sounds from The New Pornographers’ assembly of talents. “Crash Years”, the debut track provides a harmonious pairing of A.C. Newman and Neko Case’s vocals, the signature that complements just about anything the band strums.The rest of the month of June is welcomed with headlining performances from GWAR, Hole, 50 Cent, Taking Back Sunday and Cyndi Lauper.
The month of July starts off with She & Him, the duo of guitar virtuoso M. Ward and indie film favorite Zooey Deschanel. With the release of this year’s Volume Two, the affectionate, summery sounds reminiscent of Brian Wilson are back with a mixture of covers and original tracks. Deschanel’s voice is likely to bring audiences back to another era, and their lively, cheerful performances (as were seen at this year’s Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals) have been selling out all over Europe and the US this summer with this first ever headlining tour. The album’s single “In the Sun” is a playful, hummable tune that assures the warm sun can cure rocky relationships. She & Him will be followed up by OneRepublic, Sara Bareilles, Wolf Parade and the Dead Weather.
The alternative supergroup The Dead Weather, fronted by Jack White, is promoting their latest album, Sea of Cowards. After hiding behind the drums and passing off the mic to Allison Mossheart take center stage, White provides lead vocals on the album’s single “Blue Blood Blues” and sings alongside Mossheart on several tracks. Their live performances have been praised, with Spin and Rolling Stone listing them as one of the must-see tours of the summer. (more)
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