1) Two disparate Macs hit town in the coming days, starting with young Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Friday, Sept. 14. Tickets are $26/$30. Visit promowestlive.com.
When The Beat told a critic crony that Mac Powell, singer for groundbreaking Christian rock act Third Day, was headed to town in support of a newly released country record, our crony replied, “Isn’t that just Bob Seger?” (A quick listen to Powell’s vocal delivery and scan of Powell’s photo provide full context of this statement.)
Tickets for the Thursday, Sept. 20, show at The Bluestone are $10. Visit liveatthebluestone.com.
2) The St. Lawrence String Quartet has been at the forefront of chamber music world since it took top honors at a number of competitions in 1992.
Violist Lesley Robertson is the lone remaining founding member, but the quartet (ensemble in residence at Stanford University) continues to build on its reputation for vibrant music-making and commitment to diverse repertoire.
That diversity will be on display in the quartet’s Saturday, Sept. 15, concert in the Southern Theatre, sponsored by Chamber Music Columbus, when quartets by Haydn and Schubert will bookend a piece by Osvaldo Golijov.
Tickets are $40/$35/$15. Visit cmcolumbus.org.
3) When a critic crony first shared with The Beat the video for Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know, our crony expressed a strange fascination for the Aussie artist, which we pegged as a sort of modern-pop take on Peter Gabriel.
We’ll be honest – we didn’t see a lengthy stay atop the Billboard Hot 100, that’s for sure.
But that’s where the buzzworthy, quirky Gotye (Making Mirrors is quite the expansive pop record) ended up.
Our crony points out the song’s deep infiltration of popular culture – “The song that launched a thousand parodies.”
Gotye, with openers Chairlift and Zammuto, plays Lifestyle Communities pavilion Monday, Sept. 17. Tickets are $35/$38. Visit promowestlive.com.
4) Beats Antique is the collaboration between drummer-producers David Satori and Tommy “Sidecar” Cappell and belly dancer-producer Zoe Jakes.
The project begins with dance-floor electronica and Middle Eastern and gypsy music, and spices it with hip-hop and a variety of world beat forms.
The live show is fronted by Jakes in a display of movement both mesmerizing and baffling.
Definitely a unique concert-going experience, Beats Antique plays the Newport Music Hall Tuesday, Sept. 18. Lynx opens.
Tickets are $15/$20. Visit promowestlive.com.
5) What’s to say about Rush that hasn’t already been said?
The Canadian power trio has retained all of its significance it had at the start of its 40-year history.
Iconic for its musical chops, rock songwriting and longevity, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has somehow seen fit to exclude Rush, one of the genre’s all-time greats.
No nostalgia act this, Rush is touring in support of Clockwork Angels, and will play Nationwide Arena Thursday, Sept. 20. Tickets are $96/$76/$51. Visit ticketmaster.com.