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)
Something Corporate, a staple indie band of the 90’s, announced a reunion tour for summer 2010 just last week after having been on a hiatus for years. The foursome will be playing an 18-city tour, hitting Boston and New York by mid-August, as well as co-headlining Bamboozle, which they were added to upon very short notice. The band is made up of singer and pianist Andrew McMahon, Josh Partingon, Kevin Page and Brian Ireland.
The hiatus began in summer 2004 after having spent years on the road, promising the break would not be permanent. The hiatus was further extended when in 2005, on the very day he had finished recording an album with his side project Jack’s Mannequin, Andrew McMahon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He since has gone into remission and released another album with Jack’s Mannequin, which reached #8 on the Top 200, surpassing all levels of success he’d ever achieved with Something Corporate.
In announcing the reunion of the band this past December, Andrew McMahon informed the media that he is more “nostalgically charged” than “creatively charged” in terms of music, and would rather play their older songs than start writing new material. From this came the release of Played in Space: the Best of Something Corporate, a two disc compilation of SoCo’s 14 fan favorites from previous releases as well as five new or rerecorded tracks. The two new tracks provide hopeful insight of what’s in store for the band’s indefinite future.
The album was released April 27th and was rather well-received considering the circumstances. Despite having a greatest hits collection out, Something Corporate actually only released two studio albums and a handful of EPs, but they masterfully chop off what weakened their albums and combine the material for a sold, two disc trip down memory lane. Something Corporate tickets are available right here at Ace!
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