Valerie June plays the Keswick, plus six new album previews [Seven in Seven] – Reading eagle
Welcome to Seven in Seven, where each week in this space we typically review upcoming shows in the region over the following week. And while the doors to the theaters are slowly opening again, due to the current pandemic, they’re not quite there yet. That doesn’t mean the music stops and new releases come out every week from artists you know and love and some are waiting to be discovered. Each week, we’ll take a look at six of the best streaming shelves and services, and one must-see show in the area.
Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, R&B, singer-songwriter or indie, there will always be something to discover. Here’s what’s on the program for the week of September 10:
Show of the week
Valerie June – The Keswick Theater – 8 p.m. Saturday
Valerie June, born and raised in Tennessee, released her latest LP, “The Moon and Stars,” earlier this year, which garnered rave reviews across the board. The singer / songwriter’s music is a tapestry of folk, soul, gospel, country, blues, psychedelia and timeless symphonic pop, all flowing into each other in perfect synchronicity. Now she’s finally bringing a few live shows to the east coast, including at the Keswick Theater. What makes this show unique is that it, along with the Boston one the day before, will be broadcast live under the “Shows for Dreamers” banner. June said in a statement that I will be playing songs from my new album, some old specials, new covers that I have worked on and reading poetry on stage. Tickets can be purchased through valeriejune.com for the live and streaming version of the concerts.
Ray Charles – “True Genius”
“True Genius” is Ray Charles’ ultimate collection in boxed format, featuring 90 of the greatest songs from his legendary career. The newly remastered limited edition set includes all of the icon’s biggest hits and comes in tandem with the celebration of what would have been his 90th birthday. The physical six-CD box set includes a special bonus disc of eight unreleased tracks recorded live in Stockholm in 1972. The digital release marks the first time that this incredible collection of Charles’s most important works will be widely available on streaming platforms, bringing classic hits such as “Hit the Road Jack”, “Crying Time”, “America the Beautiful”, “A Song for You”, “Unchain My Heart” and many more streaming after more than a decade .
Kacey Musgraves – “melee of stars”
Six-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves returns with her highly anticipated fourth studio album, “star-crossed”, which is being released concurrently with “star-crossed: the film”. Directed by Bardia Zeinali, the latter stars Musgraves and will air exclusively via Paramount + on the same day. The title track written by Musgraves, Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk as well as the trailer for the film are both available. This is the singer-songwriter’s first album of new material since the release of his groundbreaking and critically acclaimed album “Golden Hour” in 2018. The 15-song collection, structured like a modern-day tragedy in three acts, recounts an extremely personal journey. of grief and healing and displays the continued growth of Musgraves as one of the best singer-songwriters of our time.
Iron Maiden – “Senjutsu”
“Senjutsu” – loosely translated as “tactics and strategy” – is the 17th album by metal legends Iron Maiden. Lasting just under 82 minutes, the LP, like their 2015 album, “The Book of Souls”, will be a two-CD / triple vinyl affair. Maiden actually recorded the music during a break on their last tour, so they were fresh and firing on all cylinders, but the pandemic ruined everything for it to be released in a timely manner. Now he and the group are ready to be unleashed.
Vaccines – “Back in Love City”
A modern day island of fun – equal parts utopia and dystopia – “Back in Love City” was born out of Vaccines’ fascination with emotions as commodities and desperation for human connection at a time when it there are very few. The result is the group’s most euphoric, visceral and visionary work to date. It’s a record that sees the quartet assert itself as one of Britain’s most important guitar groups, with 13 songs against the fictional metropolis from the album’s title.
Seth Lee Jones – “Flat Head”
Third-generation guitarist and skillful master of stringed instruments in general, Seth Lee Jones was born into a musical family in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 15. He then studied classical and jazz at LA Valley College and graduated from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood at the top of his class. Jones returned to his hometown in 2010 when the allure of affordable housing and an inspiring local music scene proved irresistible and released “Live at the Colony” and here truly delivers the blues rock on “Flathead”.
Inglorious – “Heroine”
Up-and-coming British hard rockers Inglorious have done something special with their latest release, “Heroine”, which is a tribute to the various exceptional female musicians who have influenced the group musically and / or vocally. From putting their own hard rock imprint on pop hits by Whitney Houston, Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne and Christina Aguilera to taking on timeless classic rock songs by Tina Turner, Heart and Joan Jett, as well as contemporary rock by Evanescence, Alanis Morissette and Halestorm, Inglorious showcase their versatility with song selections for this cover LP.
• Valérie June: “Call me a fool”
• Ray Charles: “Unleash my heart”
• Kacey Musgraves: “cursed”
• Iron Maiden: “The writing on the wall”
• Vaccines: “Baby helmet”
• Seth Lee Jones: “I can’t be satisfied”
• Without glory: “Barracuda”