Gunpowder Gelatine Pay Tribute to Queen

Too many tribute bans spend too much time trying to look and act like the people they are imitating that the music takes a back seat: They’re all style and no substance.

Gunpowder Gelatine is different, and not just because they are the world’s ONLY all-female Queen tribute. Formed in 2007, this Boston-based quintet captures the camp, finesse and excitement of one of the world’s greatest live band, and they do it by playing Queen’s music with the same passion of the original group. (And they are far, far better at sounding like Queen than Queen did when they tried to replace their late, great front man Freddie Mercury with camp caricature Adam Lambert.

So, check out a few of their videos: Don't Stop Me Now and Killer Queen, Another One Bites The Dust and their Bohemian Rhapsody All Star Jam.

Now get ready t see them lie, Gunpowder Gelatine plays The Milky Way on March 31.

What's in a Name? Six Organs of Admittance

For the most part, we try to find fun band names to highlight in out weekly What’s in a Name column, but this week we came up with a name that’s both fun and, when you think about it, vaguely disturbing. So don’t think about what they may sound like because we’ll get to that in a minute. Just sit back, close your eyes and relax. Now…what’s the first image that pops into your mind when you hear the band name Six Organs of Admittance?

(Don’t be afraid. Share it with us at john@bostoneventguide.com)

Now back to the music. According to their website, “Six Organs of Admittance is the project of Ben Chasny. Beginning as a solo endeavor, it now regularly features other musicians in concert and as guests on records.  Original inspiration for the band came from wanting to merge the styles of fingerpicked acoustic guitar with more improvisational drone elements.”

Sounds like Earl Scruggs meets Nine Inch Nails, at least on paper. Click HERE to see what they sound like.

 

Six Organs of Admittance play Great Scott in Allston on April 2.

Fishbone is Coming to Town

Often imitated, never duplicated.

If there is one band that can proudly say they live up to that cliché, it’s Fishbone.

For more than 25 years, Fishbone has been, per its Facebook page, “trailblazing their way through the history of American Ska, Funk, Punk, Rock Fusion and (so-called) Black Rock since starting their professional career in Los Angeles' burgeoning, Alternative Rock music scene of the mid-1980s”.

There have been a lot of changes to the band over the years, but the current member line-up, including original members Angelo Moore, Walt Kibby, Fish Fisher, John Bigham, Rocky George, Jay Armant, and Norwood Fisher, will be coming to The Sinclair on March 22 to perform live.

To get ready for the event, or in case you have never heard of Fishbone before (shame on you), check out the cool documentary Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler.

The Band...Not the Movie

While it would certainly be an experience to go see a band with a lineup that included Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that’s not these Expendables.

According to their website, The Expendables enjoyed a laid-back lifestyle growing up in Santa Cruz, CA; surfing, skating, partying, and playing music were commonplace.  Since 1997, The Expendables have staked their claim in the California surf/rock genre by headlining venues from coast to coast.  Blending Reggae, Punk Rock, and 80s style dueling guitar solos, The Expendables have made heads turn and floors shake for years.

The band consists of four longtime friends: Geoff Weers (Guitar and Vocals), Adam Patterson (Drums and Vocals), Raul Bianchi (Lead Guitar) and Ryan DeMars (Bass).

 

The Expendables will play The Brighton Music Hall on March 18

Revisit The House of Pain

You might not remember the band name, but you’ll never forget their infectious hit from way back in 1992, Jump Around.

The band put out three CDs before lead singer Everlast went on to a successful solo career. Twenty-five years later, the band is coming back to Boston to play a St. Patrick’s Day show at Royale, backed by opening act, Slaine. Showtime is 6 PM. Tickets are $29.50 in advance, $32 day of show.

And in case you can’t think of a second song from the band, click HERE and check out the video for "Shamrocks And Sheanigans," introduced by another famous Boston Irishman, Denis Leary.