One trend that has become increasingly prevalent in the world of well-established touring rock bands over the past decade is the whole “Play one of our biggest albums from start to finish” idea.
Earlier this month, former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was supposed to play that band’s first two albums (its most popular) in order, though he reportedly didn’t. A few years back, Bruce Springsteen performed his “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.” album front-to-back at what was then known as HSBC Arena, for what turned out to be the late great Clarence Clemons’ final show with the E Street Band. Rush brought its “Time Machine Tour” around the world performing its classic “Moving Pictures” album from soup to nuts to great success in 2010. Dozens more high-profile, prestige artists are following suit with favored entries from their own catalogs.
Far be it from local bands to miss getting in on the act. After all, from a musician’s perspective, playing a full album in order provides an interesting and rewarding challenge, even more so when the album you’re interpreting isn’t your own but is the well-known work of a revered artist.
Hats off, then, to Kurt and the Loders, who will perform Radiohead’s uber-classic “The Bends” album in its entirety at 8 p.m. Friday in the Tralf (622 Main St.). In retrospect, “The Bends” turned out to be Radiohead’s last conventional alternative-rock record, and as such, it occupies a prestigious place in the hearts of much of the band’s fan base. Weirder, and in many ways, far more wonderful things were to come for Radiohead, but “The Bends” is special, because it’s a record that perfectly encapsulates the mid-’90s era during which it was released.
Doors at the Tralf Music Hall will open at 7 p.m. Friday; opener Brad Gower will take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 day-of-show (box office, Ticketmaster.com).
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Joe Rozler has been a fixture on the Buffalo music scene for a good long while now, and during that time, he’s earned a reputation as a go-to guy for … well, pretty much anything. Rozler can sing, he’s an excellent guitarist, he knows how to arrange, he can be a bandleader or a sideman with equal facility, and he’s one hell of a keyboard player.
He’s also a remarkably inventive musician, regardless of the instrument he’s playing at any given time.
I once attended an art opening in Niagara Falls for the works of artist/drummer/songwriter/educator Rob Lynch, and there was Rozler set up at a beautiful piano in the corner, using a microphone to feed the piano’s signal through an interesting array of effects, all of which created a mildly avant-garde, ethereal and ambient environment that seemed to perfectly match the artwork on the gallery’s walls. While he was doing all of this, Rozler looked mildly bemused, as if this was no big deal, something anyone could do without much effort. Which, of course, is completely not the case. Rozler makes it all look easy, but it isn’t.
Rozler brings his solo show “Joe Rozler’s Universe” to the Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.) at 8 p.m. Saturday. The program will consist of Rozler’s explorations employing piano, electronic instruments and singing. Admission will be $5 at the door.
Detroit alt-rock outfit Sponge performs at 7 tonight in the Forvm at the Maple Entertainment Complex (4224 Maple Road). Buffalo indie-rock outfit Roma will open the show. Tickets are $20 (at the door, TicketWeb.com).
Also at the Forvm, Divehouse Union guitarists Todd Eberwine presents “Todd Eberwine and Friends” in a program of blues, rock and jam-band stylings at 8 p.m. Saturday. The SJD Trio will open. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of show (TicketWeb.com).
AWOL Nation, Mother Mother and Blondfire play the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St. in Niagara Falls) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of show (box office, RapidsTheatre.com).
Space Junk brings the spacey funk at 10 p.m. Friday to Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.).