Welcome to Seven in Seven, where we take a look at the shows coming to the area over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, heavy metal, R&B, singer-songwriter or indie, there will always be something to discover.
Here are seven of the best on the schedule for the week of July 22:
The Cult + Black Rebel Motorcycle Club — July 22 at the Met
Undoubtedly one of the best posters of the summer features The Cult and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with experimental pop/art artist Zola Jesus opening. The Cult continue to be a reliable rock ‘n’ roll unit, as evidenced by their latest single, “Give Me Mercy”, and their extensive catalog of hits like “Wild Flower”, “Fire Woman” and “She Sells Sanctuary”. . Bringing in BRMC is a stroke of genius, with their unique brand of moody post-punk garage rock fitting in seamlessly with the headliner’s sound styles and the tour’s slogan, “We Own the Night.” As for The Cult, they have a new record coming out the first week of October called “Under the Midnight Sun”.
Beach House – July 23 at the Met
The night at the Met after the “We Own the Night” tour halt will be quite different as the Baltimore Beach House duo bring their dreamy pop to town. Featuring vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Victoria LeGrand and guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Alex Scally, the duo’s latest album, “Once Twice Melody,” is the first they have produced themselves. Presented in four chapters that were published starting last fall, the entire work is now available in all its ethereal and dynamic glory.
Hanson – July 24 at the Fillmore
Pop-rock trio Hanson are in town as part of a massive world tour supporting their new album, ‘Red Green Blue’. The LP includes three solo projects from Taylor, Isaac and Zac Hanson, and marks the band’s 30th anniversary by bringing together the three unique creative voices like never before, with a third of the album written and produced by each brother. Each of the brothers has their own voice and style, but they also fit into a complete work. And for those scoring at home, Taylor is ‘red’, Isaac is ‘green’ and Zac is ‘blue’.
BabyJake — July 24 Kung Fu Tie
Singer, songwriter and producer BabyJake promises he’s “bringing rock ‘n’ roll back”, although it might not be the same genre you’re used to. It’s got all the style, swagger and spirit of the 70s, but it’s lit up with a new fire. The Florida-born, Los Angeles-based entertainer exudes enough power to wear a cowboy hat and flared jeans — like some kind of lovable Quentin Tarantino outlaw — but he’s also definitely an underdog. product of the time with a natural predilection for viral impact. BabyJake may also find it with his second effort, “The Sun Wakes Up Early Now,” a mish-mash of genres featuring collaborations with heavy hitters like Linda Perry.
Regina Spektor — July 24 at the Mann
Regina Spektor has become synonymous with New York. The Russian/Jewish/American singer, songwriter and pianist has her own sign on the Bronx Walk of Fame, as well as “Regina Spektor Day,” proclaimed by Mayor Bill DeBlasio in 2019. Her new album, “Home, Before and After might be his most diverse and sonically adventurous collection of songs to date. Recorded in upstate New York, the LP is Spektor’s most inspired, as evidenced by brilliant tracks like “Becoming All Alone,” a surreal ballad that swells with arrangements and comes to life while digging into the head of the listener.
Boy Pablo — July 26 at the Théâtre des Arts Vivants
Boy Pablo is Nicolas Muñoz, whose autobiographical debut album “Wachito Rico” takes listeners through the highs and lows of his alter ego’s love affair. Last week, however, the Chilean/Norwegian indie-pop singer-songwriter released “Be Mine”, a one-off single in a style that didn’t fit a new project Pablo is working on but has a sound that insists on a Liberation summer. This is Muñoz’s second surprise release in just one month. June saw him team up with Singaporean pop singer Celine Autumn of the band Sobs to tackle the Human League classic “Don’t You Want Me”.
Banks – July 28 at the Met
Since her spellbinding and critically acclaimed debut LP “Goddess” in 2014, Banks has amassed over 1.4 billion combined streams and headlined sold-out shows and festivals around the world. Her musical signatures remain inflected alternative pop with touches of offbeat R&B she grew up with in Southern California. Her new album, “Serpentina,” is Banks’ first outing as an independent artist, seeing her step into previously uncharted territory in every way, from sound to lyrics to visuals and everything in between.
• The sect: “Give Me Mercy”
• Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: “Killer of conscience”
• Beach house: “Superstar”
• Hanson: “Child at heart”
• BabyJake: “Do I fit in your shoes?”
• Regina Spektor: “Loveology”
• Boy Pablo: “Be mine”
• Banks: “Hold”