Music Forecast: Bruce Springsteen, Father John Misty, Kurt Vile
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Bruce Springsteen’s The River came out in 1980. A few other notable things from that year: Ronald Reagan won the Republican presidency; John Lennon was assassinated; Post-it Notes arrived. The United States was also in the middle of a recession, and Springsteen, being the great American chronicler that he his, let The River speak to that experience. His first and only double-album, The River remains an epic, one of Springsteen’s finest albums — and one that he will explore from start to finish with the E Street Band on Thursday at the Sprint Center. If you were lucky enough to score tickets to this show, prepare to get cozy: You’ll be spending around three hours of quality time with the Boss.
Thursday, April 7
Sprint Center, 1407 Grand
Father John Misty
Josh Tillman — who performs as Father John Misty — was last in town in May, opening for the Alabama Shakes. The crowd wasn’t necessarily there for him, and it definitely didn’t understand him. Tillman’s performance confounded more than a few audience members. Here’s hoping the caustic singer-songwriter has better luck as a headliner Tuesday at the Uptown Theater, in support of last year’s I Love You, Honeybear — an album that is as heartbreaking as it is entertaining.
Tuesday, April 12
Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway
Kurt Vile and the Violators
It’s hard to put a finger on what it is about Kurt Vile that makes him so appealing. Anyone who has seen him live can attest: There’s a magnetism to his brooding energy that makes the way he seems to not try very hard endearing rather than exasperating. His latest album, b’lieve i’m goin’ down, works in much the same way. Vile’s guitar snakes around almost lazily for most of the running time, hanging on his unadorned vocals and self-deprecating and self-aware lyrics. Sometimes his songs take a hazy, hallucinogenic turn. Listening to them in succession eels like disappearing down the complicated rabbit hole of Vile’s mind — and what a trip it is.
Friday, April 8
Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence