This coming week the House of Blues is host to a variety of rock groups that ought to provide a loud, cool alternative to the unbearable summer heat. The lineup includes One Republic, BB King, Bad Rabbits, Epic Saturdays, Wolf Parade and the Dead Weather. The all-male band from Colorado Springs, One Republic, was one of the first bands to go viral with the help of MySpace. While releasing hits for others, front man Ryan Tedder made his name in the music industry by writing hits for Natasha Bedingfield and Leona Lewis, before gaining with his own band’s debut, Dreaming Out Loud (2008).
“Apologize” and “Stop and Stare” made it to the radio before the album was even finalized. The band remained true to their rock roots despite their hip-hop record label and continued to do so with Waking Up (2009). One Republic usually receives musical comparisons to The Fray and Coldplay. In June, One Republic appeared on the Today Show’s Summer Concert Series in promotion of their upcoming headlining world tour, which comes to Boston tonight.
Next the King of Blues, BB King, age 84, is set to appear at the House of Blues tomorrow night. One of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, King began recording in 1949 and his first hit, “Three O’Clock Blues,” was on the R&B chart for 17 weeks. The legendary King’s increasingly sophisticated and eclectic approach found him pushing the blues in new direction and bringing blues music to the mainstream. He has been an inspiration to Eric Clapton, Steve Ray, Mike Bloomfield and many more. King was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album nine times since 1984.
Wolf Parade’s third full length album, Expo 86, was released last week and although its only their third, it’s as though the Canadian rock band has been at it for decades- with several simultaneous member-led side projects like Handsome Furs and Sunset Rubdown. The band takes pride in collectively writing all of their songs and most notably broke into the mainstream while touring with Modest Mouse in promotion of their 2008 release At Mount Zoomer, which debuted at #45 on the Billboard charts. Dan Boeckner says their latest album is uniquely upbeat, with much more energy and density than their earlier endeavors. Wolf Parade will be headlining a House of Blues show on July 12th with the support of the Moools.
The alternative supergroup The Dead Weather, fronted by Jack White, is currently on tour promoting their latest album, Sea of Cowards. After hiding behind the drums and passing off the limelight to Allison Mossheart on the group’s debut, White provides lead vocals on the album’s single “Blue Blood Blues” and sings alongside Mossheart on several tracks. The band’s sound is an amplified, edgier side of Jack White than what he delivered in The White Stripes and The Raconteurs. Their live performances have been praised, with Spin and Rolling Stone listing them as one of the must-see tours of the summer. The Dead Weather will be performing at the House of Blues next Wednesday, July 14th with Harlenm as part of an WFNX Presents show.