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 Sept. 8:
Three Days Grace + Chevelle — Friday at Wind Creek Event Center
Since 2003, Three Days Grace has staked a spot among the hard rock vanguard, breaking records, toppling charts and moving millions of units worldwide. The Ontario outfit shows no signs of slowing down creatively, either, as last year’s “Explosions” LP was nominated for Rock Album of the Year at Canada’s prestigious Juno Awards. Joining them on the co-headlining jaunt is Chevelle, who has similarly made a mark on rock with nearly half-a-billion streams since forming in 1995 while notching seven No. 1 hits along the way. And as if the bill itself weren’t enough, the Bethlehem date is the kick-off to the tour.
Freaks on Parade Tour — Friday at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Following a wildly successful run last summer, Rob Zombie is at it again with a whole new lineup of over-the-top miscreants for this year’s edition of the Freaks on Parade Tour. This time around he joins forces with the “Godfather of Shock Rock,” Alice Cooper, who never fails to bring his signature style of macabre rock on the road. Rounding out the bill are industrial pioneers Ministry and alternative rock act Filter. Any one of these bands could’ve headlined a tour on their own this summer, but getting to see them all in one place at the same time makes it worth the hike to Scranton.
Asking Alexandria + The Hu — Friday at Franklin Music Hall and Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Wind Creek Event Center
British metalcore luminaries Asking Alexandria and Mongolian rock sensation The Hu recently finished ravaging crowds in the UK and Europe on separate tours and have joined forces for a fall co-headlining run across the U.S., including two regional dates. Dubbing the trek the “Psycho Thunder Tour,” with Bad Wolves and Zero 9:36 providing support, the spectacle will be making two area stops. In addition to Friday at Franklin Music Hall, there will be a bit of a circling back to Bethlehem next Wednesday at Wind Creek Event Center.
Sleep Token — Saturday at Union Transfer
Even though Sleep Token notoriously does not speak to the press — out of necessity for their anonymity — the media can’t help but write about the phenomenon, reporting on the band’s every move. The NME notes of the cloaked, London alt-metal unit: “Sleep Token offer their fans an entire world to immerse themselves in if they so wish. It’s a place of escapism, and the foundation of a huge fan community that’s dedicated to studying the band’s creativity.” This past May saw them ascend to new heights with their third effort, “Take Me Back to Eden,” where the group further explores and develops those elements that keep the music removed from any kind of pack — howling at a moon that’s all its own.
Delain — Tuesday at The Foundry
Dutch symphonic metal outfit Delain has been sharing its signature melodic sound worldwide for over two decades, enchanting fans with hits like “We Are the Others” and “April Rain.” The band gained millions of Spotify streams and video views across its catalog, which includes this year’s LP, “Dark Waters.” Joining them as openers are a fellow melodic metal act, Austria’s Visions of Atlantis, who are supporting their latest live record, “Pirates Over Wacken,” recorded at the legendary Wacken Open Air metal festival in the summer of 2022.
Ondara — Wednesday, Sept. 13, at World Café Live
Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, listening to American alt-rock and making up his own songs for as long as he can remember. At an early age he fell in love with the music of Bob Dylan and was granted a visa through the immigration lottery system. He chose Minneapolis as his home to pursue a career as a singer and songwriter with Dylan, who was born in nearby Duluth, in mind. He began making his way in the local music scene, continually writing songs about what he saw, felt and experienced in a place far different from home. The result has been some of the most heartfelt and astonishing music in the genre, evident on his critically acclaimed latest album, “Spanish Villager No. 3.” The World Café Live show will put the songs at the forefront, with Ondara performing stripped down and solo.
Attila — Thursday, Sept. 14, at Reverb
Atlanta’s most notorious dealers of metalcore brutality, Attila, are on the road on the “About That Life 10-Year Anniversary Tour” in celebration of their seminal 2013 album, which the band will be playing in its entirety for the first time ever. In addition, the set will feature several fan-favorite hits from across the group’s catalog, making the Reading show a must-see event for fans of nu metalcore spliced with a bit of death metal and rap.
• Three Days Grace: “Lifetime”
• Chevelle: “The Red”
• Rob Zombie: “Demon Speeding”
• Alice Cooper: “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)”
• Asking Alexandria: “Dark Void”
• The Hu: “Wolf Totem”
• Sleep Token: “Chokehold”
• Delain: “We Are the Others”
• Ondara: “An Alien in Minneapolis”
• Attila: “Party With the Devil”
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