Mondo Cozmo, Daryl Hall, Todd Rundgren add Philly flavor to Seven in Seven – Reading Eagle

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Welcome to Seven in Seven, where each week we’ll be taking a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. As always, whether your musical tastes are rock ’n’ roll, jazz, heavy metal, R&B, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out.
Here’s seven of the best on the docket for the week of April 8:
The Airborne Toxic Event + Mondo Cozmo — Thursday and Friday at The Theatre of Living Arts
The headliner for these shows might be the Airborne Toxic Event, but expect plenty of people in attendance to be there to see Philly-raised opener Mondo Cozmo, who is celebrating his just released LP “This Is for the Barbarians.” The album recognizes that death and life can be celebrated synchronically, pulling the darkness in to find the light inside, discovering grandeur in life’s most intimate moments. Seems more than fitting for the current landscape.
Cowboy Junkies — Saturday at Ardmore Music Hall
Formed in Toronto in 1985, Cowboy Junkies have been classified across a variety of genres, including alternative country, blues, jazz, folk and rock. They started off unassumingly with the 1986 blues-inspired debut album “Whites Off Earth Now!!,” recorded using an ambisonic microphone in the family garage. The group’s fame spread with their second album, “The Trinity Session,” released in 1988, and they haven’t looked back since. The Junkies continue to tour and record, including this year’s “Songs of the Recollection,” where they take on songs by everyone from Neil Young to the Rolling Stones to the Cure.
Daryl Hall + Todd Rundgren — Saturday at The Met
It’s two locally bred Rock and Roll Hall of Famers as Daryl Hall brings along special guest Todd Rundgren as support to the Met. It’s the former’s first solo tour in a decade, one where he’s celebrating the release of his first-ever solo retrospective, “BeforeAfter.” Sequenced by Hall, it features 30 tracks spanning all five solo albums, from 1980’s “Sacred Songs” through 2011’s “Laughing Down Crying.” Additionally, the collection features six never-released performances from the pathbreaking web and television series “Live From Daryl’s House,” which he launched in 2007. Live, fans can expect a decent smattering of Hall & Oates songs too, and a duet or three with Rundgren.
Dorothy — Sunday at Brooklyn Bowl
Hungarian-born singer-songwriter Dorothy went through a life changing experience a few years ago on her tour bus when her guitar technician seemingly died from an overdose. She instinctively prayed for his survival and astonishingly, the technician was miraculously restored back to life, causing a radical and spiritual awakening in the singer. The result led to her upcoming album, “Gifts From the Holy Ghost,” built on recovery, health and holiness, in a way that reverses the clichéd good girl gone bad narrative. Out April 22, the LP, and the live show, is made from a musical palette that seems to encompass each of Dorothy’s influences, from swampy blues to ’90s alternative, establishing her as a rocker first and foremost.
Asleep at the Wheel — Sunday at Sellersville Theater 1894
Asleep at the Wheel has been part of the American roots music landscape for more than five decades. Although the band got its start on a farm in Paw Paw, W. Va., they became a cornerstone of the Austin, Texas, scene upon arriving there in 1973. Inspired by Western swing and honky-tonk country, and led by Philadelphia-raised Ray Benson, the band has accrued 10 Grammy Awards and charted in four different decades, a testament to their enduring appeal.
System Exclusive — Monday at The Dolphin
Ari Blaisdell and Matt Jones make up System Exclusive, a Pasadena, Calif.-based two-piece bearing an armful of mini synths, making heart-throbbing capital “P” pop cut with more than a hint of post-punk. Blaisdell’s vocals hearken back to openhearted ’80s hitmakers unafraid to quaver in the name of love, and they’re buoyed by Jones’ laser-gridded synth concoctions and heavy hand on the ones and twos. The pair are supporting their excellent self-titled full length, which came out in early March.
We Were Promised Jetpacks — April 14 at Underground Arts
Scottish rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks return to town on the heels of their newest effort, “Enjoy the View.” Longtime fans of the group — as well as the media — often cite the band’s flair for writing infectious pop songs encased within grandiose guitar-driven rock soundscapes, yet the single “Fat Chance” offers a change of pace and a glimpse into what to expect going forward with its tightly packed drums and cleverly woven guitar arrangements that prioritize the track’s melodic core. At the very least, it shows the group is more focused than ever on making a great song.
• The Airborne Toxic Event: “Changing”
• Mondo Cozmo: “Electrify My Love”
• Cowboy Junkies: “No Expectations”
• Daryl Hall: “I’m in a Philly Mood”
• Todd Rundgren: “I Saw the Light”
• Dorothy: “Rest in Peace”
• Asleep at the Wheel: “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”
• System Exclusive: “Game of the Fool”
• We Were Promised Jetpacks: “Fat Chance”
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