Boston’s House of Blues is hosting some of the largest names in alternative rock this summer, beginning with tomorrow’s show, headlined by the New Pornographers and featuring the Dodos. The New Pornographers’ new album Together was released in early May and recorded throughout Canada and the US, with the help of a small army (including Will Sheff from Okkervil River, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, The Dap Kings, and Zach Condon from Beirut, amongst many others). Together conveys a variety of experimental sounds from The New Pornographers’ assembly of talents. “Crash Years”, the debut track provides a harmonious pairing of A.C. Newman and Neko Case’s vocals, the signature that complements just about anything the band strums.The rest of the month of June is welcomed with headlining performances from GWAR, Hole, 50 Cent, Taking Back Sunday and Cyndi Lauper.
The month of July starts off with She & Him, the duo of guitar virtuoso M. Ward and indie film favorite Zooey Deschanel. With the release of this year’s Volume Two, the affectionate, summery sounds reminiscent of Brian Wilson are back with a mixture of covers and original tracks. Deschanel’s voice is likely to bring audiences back to another era, and their lively, cheerful performances (as were seen at this year’s Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals) have been selling out all over Europe and the US this summer with this first ever headlining tour. The album’s single “In the Sun” is a playful, hummable tune that assures the warm sun can cure rocky relationships. She & Him will be followed up by OneRepublic, Sara Bareilles, Wolf Parade and the Dead Weather.
The alternative supergroup The Dead Weather, fronted by Jack White, is promoting their latest album, Sea of Cowards. After hiding behind the drums and passing off the mic to Allison Mossheart take center stage, White provides lead vocals on the album’s single “Blue Blood Blues” and sings alongside Mossheart on several tracks. Their live performances have been praised, with Spin and Rolling Stone listing them as one of the must-see tours of the summer.
Headlining two music festivals this summer and their own tour, Modest Mouse has recently added a second Boston show to their tour for July 26th, the night after their original date. Marking the sixth album and twelfth year of their career, Modest Mouse released No One’s First and You’re Next (2009), a collection of unreleased songs dating as far back as 2005. Modest Mouse is most known for “Float On”, a track that’s been used in Guitar Hero, and “Ocean Breathes Salty”. The rest of the month’s shows include Robyn and Kelis, Nas and Damian Marley, Chromeo and Neon Indian.
Something Corporate’s reunion tour will be performing at the House of Blues August 12th as part of their 18-city tour marking the first time they’ve played together since their hiatus in 2005. The rest of August features bands such as Gaslight Anthem, Public Enemy, Willie Nelson, Tears for Fears and Crystal Castles.Broken Social Scene will wrap up the summer concert series on Lansdowne Street with the promotional tour for their latest album Forgiveness Rock Record. The supergroup has included members from other Canadian bands like Feist, Stars and Metric. Their 4th studio album debuted at #34 on the US Billboard 200 and presents many social and political topics that so very well represent the liberal standpoint of the band members. The album features many longer songs that ought to make for great live jam sessions throughout their tour. Broken Social Scene will be coming to the House of Blues September 17th just after Blondie. Check back for more HOB Boston updates!