Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week!
Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week
1. RADIO 104.5 BIRTHDAY BASH
Philadelphia alternative radio station WRFF-FM 104.5 always has an impressive lineup of headliners for its annual Birthday Bash concert.
This year’s eighth edition has platinum-selling, chart-topping Death Cab for Cutie; Hozier, whose song “Take Me to Church” went four-times platinum and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year; and Icelandic indie folk-pop band Of Mice and Men, whose song “Little Talks” also was four-time platinum.
But the 13-act day always seems even better for the depth of its lineup. Last year, Bastille stole the day from the headliners. This year, Walk The Moon, with its hit “Shut Up and Dance,” may do the same.
Noon Sunday May 10, also with Passion Pit, AWOLNATION, Vance Joy, Coasts, Meg Myers, HOLYCHILD, Night Riots and more, Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden. Tickets: $75-$95, others available on secondary markets. www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
2. THE REPLACEMENTS
The Replacements never had any significant commercial success during its initial run in the 1980s, with none of its seven albums hitting the Top 50 and just one song, 1989’s “I’ll Be You,” crossing over to Billboard’s singles chart.
Yet,like punk pioneers such as The Ramones, The Replacements’ post-punk music and influence has become legendary. It’s now considered a pioneer of alternative rock, and its 1984 disc “Let It Be” has ranked among greatest albums of all time. It was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
And since the band’s 2012 reunion after a 20-year hiatus, its rare live performances have become heralded events.
7:30 p.m. Saturday May 9, with Superchunk and J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Springgarden Street, Philadelphia, Tickets: $49.50 general admission standing.www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
When Ciara made her debut in 2004 with the triple-platinum album “Goodies” and its three platinum hits — “Goodies,” “1,2 Step” and “Oh” — and four Grammy nominations, she seemed to be the next star of the pop-R&B style ofJanet Jackson and Destiny’s Child. Billboard magazine called her “the sexiest woman in hip-hop.”
Her chart-topping sophomore disc “Ciara: The Evolution” seemed to confirm that, with four gold and platinum hits, but since then Ciara has spent more time acting in movies and TV than singing.
That changed with Monday’sMay4 release of her new disc, “Jackie,” just her second disc in five years, and its Top 15 single “I’ll Bet.” She’s now on her first tour in six years.
8 p.m. Sunday May 10, Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. Tickets: $30 (other sections sold out). www.keswicktheatre.com, 215-572-7650.
4. STEEL PANTHER
Yes, Steel Panther was just at Allentown's PPL Center with Judas Priest in October, and played Philadelphia's Theatre of Living Arts barely four months ago.
But this group is that good. Its opening set for Priest went a lon way to making that show one of our Top 10 Lehigh Valley concerts of the year, and the TLA show is in the Top 10 of the 50 or so shows we've seen so far in 2015.
It's laugh-out-loud funny, not just for its brilliantly offensive songs, but for its between-song patter that's equally offensive. But the group is really musically talented, as well.
8 p.m. Wednesday May 13, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem. Tickets: $25 general admission, www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
5. THE MAINE
Phoenix, Ariz., group The Maine simply has never gotten the praise it deserves.
The group started as a pop-punk band while most of its members were still in high school. Its debut disc, "Can't Stop Won't Stop," had the ear-worm hit "Everything I Ask For."
By its sophomore disc, 2010's "Black & White," it progressed to Tom Petty-ish guitar-driven pop-rock and hit No. 6 on the Billboard's rock albums chart.
By its third disc, "Pioneer," it had become a full-fledged rock unit that sounds like U2 on some tracks and Elvis Costello on others.
Perhaps it's finally getting its due. Its new disc, "American candy," released at the end of March, made the Top 10 of the Rock and Alternative charts -- it's highest position since "Black and White."
7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, with Real Friends, Knucklepuck and The Technicolors, Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., Philadelphia. Tickets: $20-$25, www.electricfactory.info, 215-627-1332.