Weekend Ideas: May 30, 2014


Several years young, the sonically and lyrically smart Boston group Hallelujah the Hills celebrate their excellent new album Have You Ever Done Something Evil? at Great Scott on Friday. Unfortunately someone in Oakland, Calif., answered that question on the rockers’ recent West Coast tour by stealing their luggage and merch out of a van, giving extra reason to support the Hills’ gig or buy the album. On Friday and Saturday, Ray LaMontagne tries out the psychedelic folk-rock shadings of his new album Supernova in a great double bill with Southern country-folk tunesmith Jason Isbell at the newly renamed, harborside Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. And the pride of Hoboken, N.J., the Feelies resurface for one of their weekend visits to the Sinclair on Friday; expect hypnotic folk-rock that balances jangle and tension, broken with sporadic covers of the Beatles, Stones and Iggy (of Stooges fame, not Azalea).

With summer looming, it’s also time for country blowouts (king George Strait, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill team up at Gillette Stadium on Saturday) and radio-station parties. Jam’N 94.5’s Summer Jam brings Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B. and Juicy J to the Xfinity (ex-Comcast) Center on Friday, while Kiss 108’s Kiss Concert 2014 takes over there the next night with the likes of Ariana Grande and Boston’s Karmin. Jennifer Lopez also appears both days. However, if you want to see a middle-aged woman truly shake what God has given her, don’t miss Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. Jones has returned after cancer treatment and, based on this recent clip, the gritty soul singer seems more wound up than ever in fronting her R&B group behind their aptly named new album, Give the People Want They Want. Jam veterans moe. aren’t the first of their ilk to struggle with securing a studio groove to equal their live flights. Yet moe. has developed separate personalities, honing clean but straightforward rock originals on recent albums like the new No Guts, No Glory while remaining more expansive in concert. The band isn’t playing closer to Boston than the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, N.H., this Saturday, but that’s a place that moe. has traditionally played raging shows.  And English singer/pianist Jamie Cullum, known for playing his own free-wheeling shows that bridge jazz and pop, rounds out the weekend on Sunday at House of Blues.

Finally, for my Thursday Throwback, given that Queen’s coming round with singer Adam Lambert next month (including TD Garden on July 22) and talking about releasing old tracks with Freddie Mercury, let’s go back to the prime years. Here’s a 1974 Queen show with vocal icon Mercury as ringmaster, at home in London.

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