Virtually nothing can defeat the raw power of rock music, with the possible exception of paper music. Pump your fist with this GrouponLive deal to see The Outlaw Roadshow 2012, featuring the Counting Crows, at Stage AE. For $20, you get one general-admission ticket on Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. (up to a $40 value, including fees).
With a career stretching back two decades, Grammy-nominated alt-rock royalty Counting Crows takes to the road in support of its 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' outdoor melodies are preceded by a set from indie up-and-comers We Are Augustines, whose debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships, made a splash in the music world last year. A cathartic record that deals with frontman Billy McCarthy's family history of schizophrenia, Rise Ye Sunken Ships mixes frenetic keyboard loops with introspective lyrics and anthemic choruses. Five-piece blues band Kasey Anderson and The Honkies fills the venue with heavy scales brimming with raspy vocals and harmonica, and folk-tinged group Field Report fills out the roster with ethereal banjo plucking and conversational lyrics.
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