by Brad Roberts
Well we got through this past week without the death of a major rock and roll legend and that's seems like an anomaly in 2016. Those of us who are still here can get a nice variety of choices across our fair city. Fans of atmospheric and electronic/intrumental trance rock can get their fill this week with Tortoise (at right) and Fell Runner on Monday at Teragram Ballroon, and Explosions in the Sky and Disappears have a two night engagement at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Thursday and Friday. The Swedish band Dungen add vocals and psychedelia to the mix, with Boogarins, on Thursday at Echoplex.
Fans of heavy medal and power rock have heavy metal on cellos from Finland with Apocalyptica at The Fonda Theatre on Tuesday, prog/metal from Dream Theatre at The Wiltern on Saturday, and industrial/metal with Fear Factory, also on Saturday at The Fonda Theatre.
I never could tell if Lacuna Coil was deadly serious or deadly satire with their hair tossing stage antics, fiery delivery, and passionate vocals. But it didn't matter as I was quite taken with the powerful metal of this band from Italy. It's been a few years now since I've heard from them, but I think I may check them out this Sunday at The Roxy.
Vert Ventures and Feed Your Head will be presenting The Unending Thread, Ager, Mr. Me, Tufon at Lot 1, and there's a whole host of sterling local shows as well. Midnight Cities begin a month's residency on Mondays at Grandpa Johnson's Cocktail Club. Emily Gold will be taking over Harvard & Stone each Tuesday this month, with Crook and Sister Crowley joining her this week.
Loving the new Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop album, Love Letter For Fire, so I was doubly glad when I found out they're touring this music and landing at The Fonda Theatre on May 31st... and there were still some tickets left.