Danish dreampoppers Mew received a warm welcome upon their return to 9:30 Club Saturday, when a crowded room lapped up tunes familiar and new from the touring trio.
Sunday was a big day at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, capped by a stunning headline show by English art rock trio Muse to close out the entire festival.
While we were there, I took the time to catch two other favorite acts for a third day of reporting on performances at Firefly 2017, by all measures a smashing success enjoyed by 90,000 people who poured into The Woodlands to watch more than 125 concerts over four days.
Steve Lukather paused to introduce the current members of TOTO about two-thirds of the way through a very full show at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Maryland, on last Wednesday. And in so doing, he reminded a very happy crowd of the deep talents and resumes of the four principal members of TOTO.
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If the “Modfather” hands you one of his all-time favorite albums and tells you to listen, it would behoove you to do so.
Paul Weller helped transform the sound of British rock during the 1970s with his former punk rock-new wave band The Jam and later with The Style Council in the 1980s. When he’s not recording new music on his own (his 13th solo album “A Kind of Revolution” drops May 12) or performing live, you can find him at a record store collecting vinyl like it’s his job. His musical appetite is varied and oftentimes obscure, but always on point, so it’s no surprise a critically acclaimed commercial flop like Odessey and Oracle (misspelling courtesy artist Terry Quirk) is at the top of the tastemaker’s list.
Brian Wilson was surely feeling wistful when he sat down at his piano Wednesday night and opened his sold-out concert at the Lincoln Theatre with “Heroes and Villains.”
TOTO, the legendary Los Angeles quartet famous for “Africa,” “Rosanna,” “Hold the Line,” and innumerable other catchy tunes, will embark on a summer tour that includes a stop at nearby Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Maryland.