Concert Watch: June 26th-30th

Richard ThompsonHappy Wednesday, concert lovers! Whether you’re swept up in the heat wave or a wave of controversial politics, there’s no better way to unwind than with a good, old-fashioned awkward dance in a club that’s too dark for anyone to criticize. Here’s this week’s lineup!

Friday, June 28th - Fitz & the Tantrums @ Paradise Rock Club

If you can get a ticket to this sold-out affair, you’re in for a treat. Michael Fitzpatrick and his crew burst onto the scene back in 2010 with monster track “Moneygrabber”, disappeared into a rigorous touring and recording schedule, then came back with a vengeance with this year’s More Than Just A Dream. Their leading single, “Out Of My League,” has been gracing the ERS airwaves and bringing their throwback funk sound to the forefront again, and they’re sure to get people going at their Paradise appearance on Friday.

Saturday, June 29th - Richard Thompson @ Boarding House Park

A legend in his own right, it’s always a pleasure to see one of the highly regarded guitar players of our lifetime still producing and touring with new music after forty-five years in the business. His latest effort Electric made a decent dent in the Billboard charts and with decades of hits to draw from, there’s no doubt that Boarding House Park will be under his spell this Saturday night.

Sunday, June 30th - The Cat Empire @ House of Blues

Aussie ska-rockers The Cat Empire are a name that are recognized on the spot in their home country, but are constantly treated like an emerging artist stateside. Wake up, y’all! The Empire brings it as funky and weird as The Specials (also playing an HoB show this summer) ever did, and their new  album Steal the Light, their first since 2010. They’ll be a discovery for many, but come on, guys—with a band name like that, they’re clearly onto something. 

There you have it—another all-star lineup in the Boston area. Call us spoiled, but I consider it an appeal for the fact that we now melt every time the summer air hits us. In your face, Mother Nature! Or global warming! I don’t know! See you next week!

By Jamie Loftus

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