Remember last month when I hoped for a tame February and a smooth transition from winter to spring? Apparently that was delusional, and now Boston has 37 feet of snow on the ground. Still, rest assured, spring will inevitably shine its warm gaze upon our snowy tundra—at least until climate change really has its way with us…
Depressing environmental thoughts aside, there’s still plenty of good music to be had, snow or no snow. March is filled with a bunch of stellar shows, so vault that snow wall that’s trapping you inside your home, dig out you car and make the trek.
Craft Spells—the brainchild of Justin Vallesteros and moniker for the quintet that realizes his jams—come to town on 3/15. This past summer, the Seattle-based musician released his sophomore album, Nausea—the long-awaited follow-up to his lauded 2011 debut, Idle Labor. With Nausea, Vallesteros exhibits a new sonic era as he transitioned from bubbly lo-fi to lush, brooding soundscapes. Check them out at the Great Scott.
Cold War Kids last came to Boston on the day before they dropped their new album, Hold My Home. It was the band’s first show after a several month performance hiatus and, coupled with the newness of their set material, they came off pretty flat. That being said, they killed their encore and we should be able to expect a more typical, awe-inspiring performance from the CW Kids this time around.
Perfume Genius also makes a swift return to Boston after bringing down the house at Brighton Music Hall in October. The Seattle-based group’s first two records were known for their lyrical brilliance and beautiful simplicity; their new album, Too Bright, sustains that theme, but also explores some darker milieus in order to accommodate “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since age 10 and has just begun to bubble up”—as frontman Mike Hadreas told Stereogum.
In his live performances, Hadreas offers us a genuine glimpse into both his psyche and his ongoing struggle to find his place in the world—it’s not something to be missed. More March highlights below:
3/1 – The Dodos – Brighton Music Hall, Allston
3/3 – Kaki King – Brighton Music Hall, Allston
3/4 – Hozier – House of Blues, Boston
3/4 – Los Lobos – Wilbur Theater, Boston
3/7- G. Love & Special Sauce – House of Blues, Boston
3/10 – Of Montreal – Paradise Rock Club, Boston
3/12 – Gov’t Mule – Orpheum Theater, Boston
3/13 – Krill – Great Scott, Allston
3/15 – Craft Spells – Great Scott, Allston
3/17 – Steve Aoki – House of Blues, Boston
3/18 – Kindness – The Sinclair, Cambridge
3/20 – Perfume Genius – The Sinclair, Cambridge
3/21 – Cold War Kids – House of Blues, Boston
3/23 – A Winged Victory for the Sullen – TT the Bear’s, Cambridge
3/27 – The Lone Bellow – Paradise Rock Club, Boston
3/27 – Horse Feathers – The Sinclair, Cambridge
3/28 – Shakey Graves – Royale, Boston
3/30 – Belle & Sebastian – House of Blues, Boston
3/31 – Father John Misty, King Tuff – Paradise Rock Club, Boston