After taking a summer long hiatus, the historic Orpheum Theatre off Tremont St in Boston will open its doors this fall to a variety of acts ranging from a children’s group to an orchestral ensemble, electronic mastermind, acoustic aficionado and jam band extraordinaire. Kicking off September at the Orpheum is Great Big Sea and Cake, Cake whom will also play a smaller set list when opening for Broken Social Scene at the House of Blues the night before their headlining performance. Great Big Sea, playing a repertoire that includes original tracks, is also well known for performing modern rock interpretations of tradition Canadian sailor songs dating back hundreds of years.
Wrapping up September on the 28th is LCD Soundsystem, currently on tour for This is Happening, what they’ve confirmed to be the last album of the band’s short career- just their third studio album since their beginning in 2001.This tour has the potential to be LCD Soundsystem’s final go, with the band’s frontman James Murphy having made the statement, “LCD will still exist, to a certain degree, but people won’t have to disappear from their homes for months and stuff like that” in a June interview. LCD’s dance floor mastery will be accompanied by M.I.A.’s label’s latest sign- the chaotic, electronic/rock duo Sleigh Bells.
October begins with a group from overseas, The xx. The group has soared in the past year, creating a buzz by attracting huge music festival crowds while keeping a pretty low profile in the meantime. The mysterious trio was met with critical acclaim after the release of their debut album xx, released last summer. The sleek, whispery nature of the album combined with the fact that it was made entirely in a garage just adds the The xx’s mystique. After playing at all five of the US’s most popular music festivals in the past year, the band is touring major cities, including New York, Philadelphia and Washington, coming to Boston’s Orpheum Theater on October 3rd. Also playing in October is Primus on the 10th, Lifehouse on the 16th and Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack co-headlining a show on October 19th.
November will be met in tribute to classic rock, with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience on November 2nd and the Australian Pink Floyd playing on November 6th. The eclectic orchestra Pink Martini will perform on the 3rd and the wildly popular child entertainers The Wiggles coming November 5th. Sufjan Stevens will follow up the Wiggles on November 11th. Steven’s upcoming tour will mark the folk king’s first proper big-venue North America tour in years, after opting to showcase his works-in-progress in intimate settings in 2009. Speculation of an accompanying EP was made following the tour announcements, but everyone was still caught off guard when Sufjan Stevens’ released the All Delighted People EP out of thin air last week. An ode to classic rock, the 60-minute long EP dabbles in choral hymns, electronica and guitar solos paired with his customary melodic songwriting. The EP seems to be just part of what Stevens has in store for the year having announced just earlier today that a full length album titles The Age of Adz is expected to be released October 12th, self described as sounding nothing like his most recent surprise release.
After Stevens, the Allman Brothers Band will take the Orpheum stage on November 18th, 19th and 20th for a three night kick-off to their fall tour, the first since Gregg Allman’s liver transplant a few short months ago. No matter what type of show you’re looking to treat yourself to this fall, the Orpheum Theater in Boston is sure to fit your fancy with such an assortment of artists in queue. Even if you do have to button up or break out a scarf to get there, you’ll sink right into the cozy croons the theater has in store as soon as the lights go down.