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Regional concert previews of KRS-One, Bas, San Fermin, more [Seven in Seven]

Welcome to Seven in Seven, where we look at shows coming to the region over the next week. As always, whether your musical tastes are rock ’n’ roll, jazz, heavy metal, R&B, singer-songwriter or indie, there will always be something to check out.

Here are seven of the best on the docket for the week of March 29:

Morbikon — Friday at Skid Row Garage

Following their inaugural live appearances in 2023, including sets at Full Terror Assault Fest and Decibel Metal and Beer Fest, and a run of dates with Flesher, black metal group Morbikon are back at it this spring, including a show at York’s hottest DIY space, Skid Row Garage. For the uninitiated, the band is the creative effort of guitarist/bassist Phil “Land Phil” Hall, alum of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Iron Reagan and released their debut full-length “Ov Mournful Twilight.” The project is guided by the second wave of Scandinavia’s black metal and melodic death metal scenes of the ’90s.

KRS-One — Saturday at Ardmore Music Hall

You never know what you’re going to get at a KRS-One show, except that the hip hop legend will surely deliver a lesson. That’s kind of a given, after all, in that his name is an acronym for “Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone.” As a founder of the influential South Bronx trio Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One has made it his mission to push rap beyond an artform and genre to a call to action to better serve the community. That’s why fans are just as likely to hear him freestyle, lecture or drop classics from the Boogie Down and his own catalog from the stage.

Joshua Radin — Saturday at City Winery  Main Stage

Some two decades into his career, singer-songwriter Joshua Radin remains one of the best kept secrets — albeit a successful one — in the genre. From his music being used in college buddy/actor/director Zach Braff’s television and film endeavors to performing at the wedding of Ellen DeGeneres, he’s been one busy guy. Following the release of his acclaimed 2021 album “The Ghost and the Wall,” Radin left his material existence in the rearview, grabbed a backpack, packed his guitar, picked up a pen and a pad and hit the road in search of new stories to tell. He found them, and the result was the two volume EP set “though the world will tell me so,” released last year.

Grammy-nominated rapper Bas comes to The TLA in Philly on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Kgotso Aphane)
Grammy-nominated rapper Bas comes to The TLA in Philly on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Kgotso Aphane)

Bas — Tuesday at The Theatre of Living Arts

Grammy-nominated rapper Bas comes to The TLA in support of his latest LP, the title of which we need to do our best to keep family friendly here, “We Only Talk About Real [Expletive] When We’re [Expletived] Up.” The record was inspired by his travels across five continents since 2022. Collaborating with an international roster of featured artists, Bas had the intent to embark on a journey that transcended borders, boasting collaborations with J. Cole, A$AP FERG, Nigeria’s Adekunle Gold, Zimbabwe’s Sha Sha and more. The result is a dual narrative for Bas. On one hand, the album sheds light on the societal phenomenon where sensitive topics become conversational only under the influence of substances, but it also serves as a commentary on society’s tendency to remain indifferent to challenging scenarios until they reach critical junctures, reflected on tracks like “Khartoum” and “Decent.”

San Fermin — Wednesday, April 3, at Underground Arts

Last month, Brooklyn-based band San Fermin released their fifth studio album, “Arms,” via their own independent label Better Company Records. The nine-song album marks a new direction for the octet as they strip away much of the sonic ornamentation they’ve come to be known for in favor of a more raw, direct sound reflective of bandleader and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s candid, plainspoken lyrics. It’s much different than the chamber pop of their eponymous LP from a decade ago, but no less captivating and begging to be heard in a live setting.

Erick the Architect —Thursday, April 4, at The Foundry

Founding member and the primary producer of the hip hop outfit Flatbush Zombies, Erick the Architect has long been testing the solo waters but earlier this year released his first LP, “I’ve Never Been Here Before.” The songs were inspired by Erick’s Jamaican roots, his upbringing in church, the passing of his mother, a bad breakup, a “Sopranos” binge-watch, books by Angela Davis and Malcolm X, and more. And while he’s a voracious listener of music with wide-ranging tastes, Erick’s ideas are often sparked by films, books and art, with references to Picasso, Brian Eno, Stevie Wonder, Annie Leibowitz, Keith Haring, Miles Davis and Marlon Brando as creative inspirations for his work and style.

Jesus Jones — Thursday, April 4, at Ardmore Music Hall

There’s really no way around dubbing Jesus Jones anything but a one-hit wonder with their massive smash “Right Here Right Now” seared into the consciousness of anyone who was into music during the summer of 1991 or has heard it in any of the numerous ad campaigns for which it’s been licensed. But venture a bit deeper into the catalog of the English alt-rockers and there’s a multitude of surprises in terms of varying styles, catchiness and energy. Check out the show in Ardmore next week and you might come away with a new-found appreciation for the band.

Soundcheck

• Morbikon — “Universal Funeral”

• KRS-One — “Sound of da Police”

• Joshua Radin — “I’d Rather Be with You”

• Bas — “Decent”

• San Fermin — “Weird Environment”

• Erick the Architect — “Instincts”

• Jesus Jones — “International Bright Young Thing”


Source: Berkshire mont

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