1) The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus closes its 22nd season with tributes to the queen of flair.
"Cher and Cher Alike" will be presented on the Lincoln Theatre stage Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23. The night will include songs from throughout the siren’s extensive and landmark career
Tickets are $30. Visit cgmc.com.
2) We’ll be honest. We’ve often thought maybe Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock was just too smart for his own good – that he can’t get out of his own way when it comes to writing songs.
Of course, it’s more than slightly possible he’s just too smart for The Beat.
More recently, Modest Mouse has seemed to us to be more accessible, without totally abandoning the obtuse.
Check ’em out Tuesday, June 26, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, with opener Talkdemonic. Tickets are $39/$42. Visit promowestlive.com.
We have a feature story on the upcoming Counting Crows
show and the record on which the band is touring.
But before the Counting Crows, there was the BoDeans. The group may have formed in the Midwest instead of the left coast, and may never have ascended to the level of mainstream popularity reached by Adam Duritz and mates, but the BoDeans were critical darlings of American roots rock for a decade before the Crows became the next big thing.
Most may know them from the tune Closer to Free, which was used as the theme song for TV’s Party of Five, but in truth the Milwaukee quintet hewed much closer to an Americana, blues-rock sensibility than to catchy pop.
The band recently released American Made, its 11th, and has taken to the road, with a stop planned at the Lincoln Theatre Wednesday, June 27.
4) The Beat recalls thinking, when we first heard Collective Soul’s first record, Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, that this was a rock band that neither required nor elicited any modifier in front of “rock.”
Roots. Alternative. Hard. Throw ‘em all out. This simplified approach scored them a string of top rock hits, from Shine to The World I Know to Precious Declaration, but may also have kept them from remaining No. 1 in anyone’s hearts.
CS plays the Newport Music Hall Wednesday, June 27. Tickets are $25. Visit promowestlive.com
5) Santigold is getting it done.
Armed with a big-time voice and a big-time persona, she is (we hope) changing the face of popular music.
Her new record, Master of My Make-Believe, is a genre-melding tour-de-force, but is not so caught up in itself to get in the way of a party.
Which is what you can expect Thursday, June 28, when Santigold plays the Newport Music Hall. Theophilus London opens.