by Joe Longone and Carly Carioli
Friday, August 1, Nothingface, who have just been signed to Atlantic
Records, will be performing along with East Coast Psychos, 5 Seconds,
Expired, and Warhouse at Sir Morgan's Cove, rising stars Drop
Kick Murphys will be playing with the Westies, Working Stiffs, and
Randoms at the Espresso Bar, blues favorite K.D. Bell will be
bringing his band to Gilrein's, local legends Emil Haddad and Dick
Odgren jazz up the New England Science Center's Jazz at Sunset series, and
the Space continues to bring in the latest rages when Herculoids, Sorry
Excuse, Gringo, and Putrefaction appear. This Saturday, August 2,
starts off with the Latin sounds of Carilan Jazz when they perform a
free concert at University Park, El Dopa, State of Corruption, Container,
Contortion, and Kill the Dancing Bear can all be seen at the
Espresso Bar, Godsmack, Super Zero, Spray Mate, and Psycho
Serious take over the Cove, and Prohibition, Rose of Sharon, Industrial
Sonic Echo, Neptune, and Jason vs. Jason are at the Space. This
Sunday, August 3, the Espresso Bar features Days Gone, Indecision, Silent
Majority, and Cold Shoulder. This Tuesday, August 5, Bob Jordan,
Cowboy Billy, and Noodles the Clown entertain at Green Hill Park.
This Wednesday, August 6, the fun continues at Green Hill Park with the
Chandler Travis Philharmonic and singer/songwriter Bret Hart.
Next Thursday, August 7, country's Prudence and the Plowboys perform a
free show at Elm Park, and Extended Version, Gel, Ken Stringer, and
Rye rock the Cove. Next Friday, August 8, Shed, Nothingface, 7th Rail
Crew, and Staind bring on the noise at the Espresso Bar, the
Black Rebels, Duke Man Tea, and Tri-Sik-El appear at the Cove,
and Mango Blues bring their Afro-Latin sounds to the New England Science
Center's Jazz at Sunset series.
BOSTON/PROVIDENCE: After signing to the über-major Dreamworks label
and playing a stint on the Ozzfest, prodigal kids Powerman 5000 are back
in New England as headliners. They'll be at the Living Room (401-521-5200), in
Providence, on August 4. Then in Boston they're playing Avalon (617-262-2424)
with Coal Chamber and Sevendust on August 6. More of the
heavy-metal funk is on the way via Sugar Ray, who'll have DJ in tow when
they bring the West Coast punk-lite of Smashmouth and a brilliant
space-goth band, Plexi, to Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel (401-272-5876), in
Providence, on August 1. They'll also be at the Middle East (617-864-3278), in
Cambridge, the following night.
Jam freaks will no doubt wanna flock to see the Charlie Hunter Quartet
on August 1 at the Middle East, with the Slip and Moon Boot Lover's
Peter Prince opening up. If you just need to follow Charlie around,
he'll also be at the Met Café (401-861-2142), in Providence, the
following night with Vic Foley's Southern Fried Swang Thang. For a
different kind of jam, we recommend checking out the fat-assed '70s boogie
metal of Gov't Mule, who'll be at Mama Kin (617-536-2100), in Boston, on
August 2 and the Iron Horse (413-584-0610), in Northampton, on August 4.
Meanwhile, former Mule singer/guitarist turned roots troubadour P.W.
Long brings his guitar and a band including former Jesus Lizard drummer Mac
McNeilly to the Met Café on a bill with T-Shirt and Fly
Seville on August 6, then travels to the Middle East for a gig with
Noisy LeGrande and the Banjo Spiders on August 7. And another
top-notch indie singer/songwriter, Elliott Smith, goes electric for a
couple of gigs backed by Quasi, the duo featuring one of Smith's
partners in Heatmiser, Sam Coomes, plus Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss.
Quasi also play the opening set when the tour hits the Met Café on
August 1 and the Middle East on August 3.
And if you can get there from here, an unlikely comeback tour is underway by
thrash-era delinquents S.O.D., the stormtroopers of death themselves,
who will be speaking English and headlining an all-day hardcore extravaganza at
Lupo's on August 2.