Sunday, September 14, 2014
8 p.m. Sept. 21, Liberty Hall, $25-$30
Spoon is back with its eighth studio album, “They Want My Soul,” four years after its last release and a brief hiatus. With the new album came a new label, Loma Vista Recordings, and new band member, keyboardist and guitarist Alex Fischel. The fresh take for the Texas-based band has paid off with one of its strongest records in 20 years. The album is full of catchy, well-crafted rock songs and imaginative arrangements. Check out “Inside Out” and what sounds like a delicate harp ringing in the background at the end of the track.
8 p.m. Sept. 29, The Granada, $25
Though the band was formed in the late ‘90s, Interpol’s fame took off in 2002 with its breakthrough album, “Turn On the Bright Lights.” Twelve years later, the moody New York group, with all-black clothing to match its attitude, is releasing its fifth album, “El Pintor.” The album is highly anticipated because of the rough loss of bassist Carlos Dengler and a recent four-year hiatus. Having struggled, as many bands do, to measure up to its earliest work over the course of its career, Interpol channels remnants of its original sound with more polished, gloomy, post-punk guitar lines than ever before on the forthcoming album.
Tegan and Sara
8 p.m. Oct. 1, Liberty Hall, $35-$40
Whether you’re a fan of Tegan and Sara’s early emo acoustics or recent synthesized electro-pop hits, you’ll have a chance to experience both sides of the sisters’ music as Liberty Hall recently announced that the Quin twins are coming to the venue on Oct. 1 on their “Let’s Make Things Physical” tour.
The Canadian identical twin sisters made their biggest mainstream splash to date with last year’s “Heartthrob” — the hit single “Closer” was almost inescapable on the radio — introducing a new poppy EDM sound for the band. And if you’ve seen “The Lego Movie,” you’ve probably still got their catchy song “Everything is Awesome!” stuck in your head.
8:15 p.m. Oct. 17, The Granada, $25 general admission, $100 VIP
The Suicide Girls are bringing their nerdy dancing back to Lawrence on the 2014 Blackheart Burlesque tour. What first started in 2001 as a small website for pin-up models encouraging unconventional beauty — piercings, tattoos and all-around edge — has evolved into a 10-million member social network and touring burlesque troupe. The troupe uses modern music to create sexy routines that poke fun at pop culture such as “Doctor Who,” “Kill Bill” and “Game of Thrones.”
9 p.m. Nov. 6, Liberty Hall, $7-$10 for students, $10-$13 for general public
Solana Rowe, or SZA (pronounced Sizza), is a 24-year-old New Jersey singer-songwriter and first woman and R&B; singer signee to label Top Dawg Entertainment — home to Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. Rowe has quickly gained a following in the past two years with her EPs, “See.SZA.Run,” “S” and “Z,” the latter released by Top Dawg in April. Her music has been described as ethereal, alternative R&B;, her biggest influences being Bjork and Ella Fitzgerald. Rowe’s vocals consist of high falsetto and sultry rasp, unfolding nostalgia from her childhood and poetic lyricism that touches on sexuality. As SZA, Rowe has embraced the “everyday girl” image, using music to shed insecurities.