Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.
Here are seven of the best for the week beginning June 3:
Depeche Mode – June 3 at The Wells Fargo Center
When it comes to electronic/synth-pop outfits, few are as legendary and virtually none are as long-lasting as Depeche Mode. Since captivating fans in Europe throughout the 80s before blowing up in the worldwide mainstream with the smash 1990 album Violator, the trio have created anthems for the genre like “Personal Jesus,” “Never Let Me Down Again” and “People Are People.” This current crop of dates is a bit of a victory lap for last year’s Spirit LP, their critically acclaimed 14th effort.
The Voidz – June 4 at Boot & Saddle
This past March, The Voidz released their first album in four years, Virtue. The experimental rock outfit led by The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas first got together in 2013 as a bit of a side project for the singer but have since grown into its own entity. Their 2014 debut album, Tyranny, was released under the name Julian Casablancas+The Voidz, but with their latest, they dropped the first half and added a deeper dedication to their sound, evident in the positive across the board reception to the record.
Slayer – June 4 at Santander Arena
Thrash metal titans Slayer stunned fans earlier this year when they announced they would be embarking on their final tour. While it’s not exactly clear when it will come to an end, the jaunt is now in full-swing, so the feeling of now or never is looming. They’re certainly not holding back in any respects either; this leg features fellow thrash luminaries Anthrax, Lamb of God, Testament and Behemoth. That’s an arena metal bill if there ever was one, and what a way to start the work week.
Great Good Fine OK – June 6 at The Foundry
Is it possible to be nostalgic for the future? Brooklyn synthpop duo Great Good Fine Ok met one evening in 2013 and by the next morning had written their first song together, “You’re the One for Me,” a gauzy, heart-thumping anthem that hit the top spot on Hype Machine twice in one month and instantly established the group’s sound with Jon Sandler’s dancefloor falsetto soaring over Luke Moellman’s lush post-Space Age production, the perfect soundtrack for retrofuturism. An EP, Body Diamond, soon followed, as did a wave of interest and signing to a major label. January saw the release of their latest EP, III, and the pair have been playing to some of their largest audiences yet, ones that keep coming back for more, coming to expect over-the-top live performances involving silk kimonos, triggered lights, and histrionic keytar solos.
Famous Dex – June 6 at The Theatre of Living Arts
At just 24 years of age, rapper Famous Dex is slowly becoming Chicago’s young turn-up prodigy. Known for his flamboyant heavy beats and vibrant party lyrics, he brings to the table a dynamic, vivid flow to music’s popular culture. Born and raised on the rough streets of the community of Englewood, Dexter Gore Jr. grew up in a music driven family. After losing his mother to breast cancer in 2015, he started to pursue music and began freestyling on tracks and dancing in friend’s music videos earning him instant recognition. Word spread fast with eight incredibly solid mixtape releases under his belt, and this January saw his debut studio LP, Dex Meets Dexter drop, featuring guest like ASAP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa and Diplo.
Jimmie Dale Gilmore + Dave Alvin – May 25 at World Café Live - Downstairs
Jimmie Dale Gilmore has been writing and playing songs for more than 50 years. His music eludes categorization, blending elements of folk, rock, country, blues and bluegrass, earning him three Grammy nominations in both Contemporary Folk and Traditional Folk categories. It only makes sense that he would hook up with fellow roots music favorite Dave Alvin, a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and self-described “barroom guitarist.” The two hit the road last year, and have now collaborated on an LP, Downey to Lubbock, which came out June 1. At World Café Live, expect songs from the new release, each other’s catalog and tracks from the classic American songbook.
Hot Snakes – June 9 at Union Transfer
John Reis and Rick Froberg have been making noises together since high school. In 1986 it was the post-hardcore chime of Pitchfork. In 1991 it was the sprawling, multi-faceted arrangements of Drive Like Jehu. In 1999 it was the lean, mean swagger of Hot Snakes. Reis and Froberg are responsible for some of the most turbulent rock and roll of their, or any, generation. But it was the 2011 reunion of the post-hardcore act Hot Snakes that got fans really excited and following a 14-year hiatus from the studio, the band kicked down the door back into their lives with their new album, Jericho Sirens, which dropped in March.
Listen to these tunes:
Depeche Mode – “It’s No Good”The Voidz – “Leave It in My Dreams”
Slayer – “Raining Blood”Anthrax – “Caught in a Mosh”
Great Good Fine OK – “Find Yourself”
Famous Dex – “Pick It Up”Jimmie Dale Gilmore/Dave Alvin – “Get Together”
Hot Snakes – “Six-Wave Hold Down”