Five Days, Five Concerts: Mike G Maps Out The Week in Music

Meg & Dia play the Grog Shop tonight (Monday).
This week’s top music picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to listen: Monday: File Utah sister band Meg & Dia under the same section as Tegan & Sara, and Eisley. Their bouncy indie-pop pretty much amounts to emo for girls. They’re still touring last year’s fun Something Real, with a stop at the Grog Shop tonight. Tuesday: Coheed & Cambria just wrapped their Armory Wars saga. The storyline — about a post-apocalyptic family fighting to save the planet — kept the band busy for the past five years and through four prog-skirting albums. Their new CD, No World for Tomorrow, makes about as much narrative sense as its predecessors, which include the ponderously titled Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness as well as In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. At least the straightforwardly named No World for Tomorrow also keeps the music relatively grounded. Coheed & Cambria still take the long way around occasionally (there sure are lots of extended solos and musical buildup for an emo band), but the trip is out of this world. They’re at House of Blues tonight and tomorrow. Wednesday: Old-school thrashers Prong have been bringing the heavy for more than two decades now. Their new album, Power of the Damager, is their first in four years. And it kicks plenty of ass. Prong plays Peabody’s. Thursday: Sensitive Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman fills his dreamy new CD, Night Falls Over Kortedala, with a bunch of airy sounds that range from lo-fi indie-rock to over-the-top chamber pop. It’s quite a ride, as Lekman soaks in each and every orchestral swell. Let’s see how he pulls it all off at the Beachland. Friday: Jimmy Eat World were emo before there was a name for it. The Arizona group's first two albums — 1996's Static Prevails and 1999's Clarity — were recently reissued in special expanded editions with bonus tracks. Even back in the day, the band mixed pop-punk guitars with heart-on-your-sleeve rumination. Their new CD, Chase This Light, expands on the sound while doubling back on it — making the record a perfect reference and starting point. Best of all, Jimmy Eat World crack a smile or two this time around. Their last album, 2004's Futures, was a distressed and depressing slab of grown-up worries. The sunshine peeks through on Chase This Light, and the problems — thankfully — mostly have to do with how mean girls can be. They play House of Blues. -- Michael Gallucci
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