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Best shows to see: Bomba Estereo, Marnie Stern


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Marnie Stern
  • Malia James
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Did you make the most of a weekend overstuffed with shows? Still in the mood to check out more concerts? Well, although things are a little less packed this week, there are still some musical performances worthy of checking out.

Tonight Purling Hiss plays the Empty Bottle and Solange performs at Bottom Lounge. Tomorrow night Shuggie Otis hits Lincoln Hall, and Akron/Family and All Tiny Creatures play the Empty Bottle. Wednesday night there's Goatwhore at Reggie's Rock Club, Graham Parker & the Rumour at City Winery, and Suicidal Tendencies and D.R.I. at House of Blues. Be sure to jump over to Soundboard for more concert listings and read about a couple more Reader-recommended shows below.

Mon 4/15: Bomba Estereo at Mayne Stage

"On their 2009 debut, Blow Up, Colombian band Bomba Estereo jacked up cumbia in a big, exciting way, and on their recent follow-up, Elegancia Tropical (Soundway), they extend their reach well beyond that style, which was born and bred in their homeland," writes Peter Margasak. "A handful of tracks, such as moody chill-out number "Bosque" and hyperactive EDM jam "Pure Love" (which sounds like LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" pasted over with all-you-need-is-love bromides), abandon Afro-Colombian grooves altogether, but the great majority embrace them—cumbia in "Bailar Conmigo," for instance, and champeta in "Pajaros"—and are better for it."

Wed 4/17: Marnie Stern at Empty Bottle

I wrote about the subject of the most recent Artist on Artist, Marnie Stern, whose recent fourth album, The Chronicles of Marnia, takes her boisterous avant-pop sound in a new direction as "she frequently turns off her hammer-on technique; the results are less raw, loud, and overwhelming but no less catchy." Oneida drummer Kid Millions fills the album with neat, precise playing that gives Stern some more space to work with than on previous albums, resulting in songs that sometimes sound low-key, at least for Stern. "Even though Stern never sounds easygoing like that for very long, Chronicles is nonetheless a "quiet" album for her (insofar as she can be quiet), so when she breaks out her old fretboard fireworks it's a startling rush."


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