A rock concert, much like a seismologists' office party, often results in everyone getting rowdy and destroying their expensive instruments. Catch some fully licensed sonic chaos with this GrouponLive deal to see Matisyahu, The Dirty Heads, and Moon Taxi at the Congress Theater. For $15, you get general admission for Tuesday, August 7, at 7 p.m. (up to a $29.17 value). Doors open at 6 p.m.
Continuing the spiritual journey that has marked his career since he burst onto the reggae-rap scene with 2005's Live at Stubb's, Matisyahu's upcoming album, Spark Seeker, melds thoughtfully philosophical lyrics with upbeat rhythms. The album's first single, "Sunshine," pushes storm clouds aside with its chirping guitar beat giving way to an anthemic refrain, which encourages listeners to "reach for the sky." Best known for its 2008 single "Lay Me Down," which spent 11 weeks atop Billboard's alternative chart, The Dirty Heads concoct a potent mixture of melodic rock, reggae, and hip-hop native to southern California. Its new album, Cabin by the Sea, radiates the group's signature feel-good vibes with the title track's bouncy paean to beachside relaxing, as well as the song "Spread Too Thin," a reggae-infused denunciation of modern life's hectic pace and stingy grape-jelly use.
Nashville-based rockers Moon Taxi round out the evening's entertainment with melodies that have earned them a devoted following in their extensive touring throughout the southeast. Their newest album, Cabaret, features the progressive-rock opus "Hypnus," which "finds the band in its retro-80s new wave comfort zone," according to Glide Magazine.