There are all kinds of music for you to check out. Whether you want to hear Mavis Staples or rock out to Kurt Vile, there's something for you.
Boston Symphony Orchestra season begins
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If you’re the kind of person who can already spell the scheduled composers – Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov – you’ll probably know that Andris Nelsons is beginning his second year as full-time conductor with the guest services of former child (currently middle aged) piano prodigy Evgeny Kissin. If not, you should show up anyway. Try something new for once!
Kurt Vile & The Violators w/ Waxahatchee
Though Kurt Vile will have just released “B’lieve I’m Going Down…”, an album that sees him backing away from guitar licks for piano and banjo, a lot of people will show up for the opening act Waxahatchee. Waxahatchee, now a band and not just a nom-de-plume of singer/songwriter Katie Crutchfield, has evolved its voice like a smart teen mellow drama —first unsure of herself, now bold against the world, and all the time extremely talented.
Brighton Music Hall
Titus Andronicus is one genre bands that traverses the low culture / high culture divide. On the one hand, they’re an unironic mix of disaffected youth ideals, and raw, working class punk sound. On the other hand, their music is smart and chewy. The show will be a great place to watch teenagers, gutter punks, rock critics and hipsters all think everyone else isn’t appreciating the music on the same level that they are. And they’ll all be right.
The Who, unquestionably one of the best rock bands in history, say this will be their last tour. Given how often musicians retire and unretire, we're not sure we believe them, but on the off chance that this will be your last opportunity to see "Baba O'Riley" live, maybe it's the right time to cough up the dough and go see them at the Garden?
Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne
Berklee Performance Center
At first glance, Osborne is punching well outside her weight class on a tour with Mavis Staples. Staples is a living legend in gospel and soul; Osborne is probably best remembered for her one hit, “What If God Was One Of Us?” being a punchline in an Austin Powers movie. But to her credit, Osborne faded from the Billboard charts into a side career as a soul singer and was nominated for a Grammy for the blues in 2012. Is that enough? Probably not. But if Staples is the better half of the duo, she’s still half the duo.
The joint project of the National's Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls is pronounced “like the plural of Elvis.” Between now and show time, EL VY will have released its first album, a theatrical record about the romance between two characters based on Mike Watt and D. Boone from The Minutemen. Neither will Beringer or Knopf will commit to EL VY being a permanent collaboration, which is a shame. It’d sure be great to hear a musical heist fantasy featuring characters based on Fugazi.
Will Sheff is not a dance around the stage kind of guy – and alt-country isn’t really a dance around the stage type of music. But he sings with such intensity at live shows that he works himself into a noticeable sweat. With their next big release being the delux reissue oftheir magnum opus "Black Sheep Boy,"Okkervil River doesn't really have too much else to sweat about.