Bands on tour often end up influencing each other, whether by sharing musical styles or egging each other on to TP the audience. Pick up positive influences with this GrouponLive deal to see Counting Crows at Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center. For $29, you get one G-Pass for seating in sections 1–5 on Wednesday, November 14, at 7 p.m. (up to a $58 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
With a career stretching back two decades, Grammy-nominated alt-rock royalty Counting Crows take to the road in support of their new album of cover songs, Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation). According to SoundSpike, guitarist Dan Vickrey "said that part of the joy of covering other bands' relatively unknown material is giving new audiences a connection to artists they might never otherwise experience," thus helping show-goers get to know other groups without forced playdates. Songs such as The Romany Rye's "Untitled (Love Song)" and Coby Brown's "Hospital" allow the Crows to pay tribute to musicians they respect, interweaving the program with classics from the band’s extensive back catalog, such as "Round Here" and "Mr. Jones."
Counting Crows' melodies follow up a set from Tender Mercies, featuring Counting Crows' Vickrey and drummer Jim Bogios. When Counting Crows went on hiatus in 2010, these two set up a bedroom studio and cut their self-titled debut album, a stripped-down record full of sweetened folk suited for front-porch swinging and lemonade swilling. Mean Creek, which ranks at the top of Paste's 10 Massachusetts Bands You Should Listen to Now, opens the evening with songs from its three-album catalog. Chris Keene’s country-tinged vocals complement the tender falsetto of female guitarist and vocalist Aurore Ounjian to pack the gut impact of The Pixies without following The Pixies' strategy of making fans stand in front of a lit cannon.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.