BoDeans - Saturday, March 7 - at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale
Rural folk rock bands like Goose Creek Symphony and Heartsfield helped set the stage for what later came to be known as "Heartland" rock, a distinctly Midwestern sound with just enough twang to put down roots, but enough grit to showcase the difficulties and complexities of farm belt, blue collar life. When Wisconsinites Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas started the Bodeans this sound resonated with them. Yet, the Bodeans bent with the prevailing musical whims, keeping the core roots sound, but also dabbling in 1980s synthesizers and electronic drums, 1990s alternative, and 2000s heavy melodic rock. Again, the band--principal songwriter Neumann is the solo original member--never let go of the string that led them back home, as the previous and forthcoming albums prove. American Made (2011), the first without guitarist and vocalist Llanas, goes deep into the heartland, back to the earliest days of the band. I Can't Stop, arriving this April, is rootsy, folky, bluesy, and with just enough twang to still rock hard. It's a comfortable to musical armchair for Neumann. "I've always had an affinity for that guitar driven American sound," he says. GLENN BURNSILVER
Yup, all three of these bands are still around making music, despite the fact you might not have heard much from them since their turn-of-the-century heyday. Coal Chamber just released a new song, Filter began working on an album in late 2014, and Combichrist's latest release is less than a year old. Industrial/aggrotech fans are in for a treat.
The much-beloved blues band is releasing a live DVD, Sugar Thieves in the Raw, and this here's the celebration party. Get your blues dance moves in order. Joining the Thieves will be Japhy's Descent and Gunzawless.