As fast as time flies, there’s still plenty of live music to fill in gaps. With 2013 winding down (which is crazy to write), there’s still a nice chunk of good end-of-the-year concerts left to see now that summer festivals have waved goodbye. Don’t be the sucker at home twiddling your thumbs when you could be slow headbanging to some of Earth’s greatest music.
Atoms for Peace
Hollywood Bowl – October 16
If you haven’t tuned into Thom Yorke’s new side project, including renowned musicians like Flea and Joey Waronker, their first release Amok hit earlier this year, and now Atoms for Peace is traveling around to put on a show visually as much as they do audibly. With Radiohead and the Chili Peppers on hiatus, Yorke has an opening to show off some of his new tracks from their April release while bringing the other bandmates along, and considering they have a date with the Hollywood Bowl, expect lights, lasers and plenty of sonic lovemaking.
Edward Sharpe's Big Top
Los Angeles State Historic Park – October 17-20
A different style of live performance, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros is hosting a carnival-esque four-day festival in Los Angeles called Big Top. Aside from live performances of their own, the band promises an eclectic mix of artists, entertainers, farmers’ markets and “late night happenings.” Call us crazy, but the “late night happenings” alone is enough to perk up our ears, not to the mention the circus-like freakshow that may ensue for a modest price.
The Black Crowes
Terminal 5, NY – October 24, 26, 27, 29
The Robinson brothers have (returned from yet another band break) to bring its rip-roaring, party energy to the smaller venue atmosphere. With no new music to plug, the Crowes will most likely be serving up their greatest more than their latest, so big fans of the band might want to get in on the action, especially with the smaller venue selection.
The band will hit up New York for repeat shows at a couple venues before scourering the nation on a short-lived tour. And if you’d like to check them out in an intimate west coast setting, the band is doing a two-night stint at The Wiltern in Los Angeles November 22 and 23.
Third Eye Blind (20th Anniversary)
House of Blues Chicago – November 14
After twenty years of touring and several lengthy periods of silence in the realm of new music, Third Eye Blind, or what’s left of it, will be hitting the stage for a little anniversary fun. Stephen Jenkins, a lyrical genius of ‘90s rock, is joined by the band’s original drummer and three new faces.
The band might be scattered as far as future albums and maintaining members, but they put on a damn good rock show, consisting of crowd singing, climaxing and eventually singing off key a cappella the whole way home.
Voodoo Festival, New Orleans – November 1
Avid Pearl Jam listeners might have gotten their whistles wet this summer with a few choice tracks from the band’s new “Lightning Bolt” LP, but now that the record’s release is upon us, expect to hear a little bit more of those new jams from the Seattle-based grunge band at this year’s (Voodoo Festival) in Louisiana’s riotous New Orleans.
Eddie Vedder and company have never disappointed a crowd before, well except when he’s a little worse for wear, but that just makes for good concert memories. Here’s to the continuing thunder of ‘90s rock and the group’s latest lightning bolt of genius.
Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall – October 31
I can think of no better way to spend Halloween than getting down with some weird drifter folks on psychedelic substances. After a sensational summer tour, Phish are gearing for a fall tour as well with some lesser visited cities on its compass. Rumors are flying that the band may have a stellar Halloween gig, including some musically enticing cover songs and possible special guest, Peter Gabriel and some Genesis to blow your mind across the venue floors. That’ll make for a convincing costume.
Nine Inch Nails
The Joint, Las Vegas – Novemeber 16
After a strong summer festival tour, Trent Reznor was nice enough to unleash some fantastic fury with Nine Inc Nail’s new record “Hesitation Marks,” a record extremely worth touring in support of. But don’t let the cool winds of fall mislead you, as these shows will be a sweaty mess of heavy, heart-pumping sounds. Forget the fact that the lightshow alone will be worth the ticket, with new music spanning back from their new album to “Pretty Hate Machine,” this could be one of the best tours by Reznor yet. Too bad we’re highlighting Las Vegas shows.
Belly Up Aspen, CO – November 27
He might be 87 years into his life, but that hasn’t kept him off the stage. B.B. King is hitting small venues across the big towns, and despite some tattered vocals and noticeable wrinkles, the blues legend is raining down on his guests with some much-needed soul. Who needs Kanye and his big splashy shows when you can get a glimpse of some real soulful music, raw and un-autotuned.
In addition to Aspen, King has some other noteworthy dates in Galveston, Texas and at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, as well as little spots around the heart of Los Angeles.
Stone Temple Pilots
X103.9’s Merry Meltdown in Ontario, CA – December 14
STP had a long year with the exit of leadman Scott Weiland, but the band has rebounded with new stand-in singer, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, and fresh material with the High Rise EP. Now the band is hitting the road to see if they can’t give fans a new type of STP experience. In their last show of the year before a February Australian tour, STP will go for a merry show just before Christmas week, and with Bennington seemingly a permanent fixture of the band, it will be a merry Christmas indeed for ‘90s rock nostalgia junkies.