- "Why is that pizza man still there?"
Butch Walker’s latest album, I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart, starts with a bang. “Trash Day” (which is also the record’s first single) is a power-pop gem from a guy who’s been writing and producing chunky pop nuggets like this for 20 years. (He’s worked with Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, Pink, and Weezer, to name a few.) The rest of the album doesn’t hit this hard, but Walker is a pro at juggling moods and genres. I Liked It Better … includes more rootsier, acoustic-driven songs than usual — Walker got his start in the post-grunge band Marvelous 3, which had a radio hit in 1998 with “Freak of the Week” — and it pays off with his best record. The relatively unknown singer-songwriter caused a stir last year when he covered Taylor Swift’s megahit “You Belong With Me” on banjo. Before you could say “She wears short skirts, I wear T-shirts,” the song and video went viral, and Walker ended up onstage with Swift at the Grammy Awards earlier this year. The dude knows solid pop hooks, and you’ll hear plenty of them when Walker and his band the Black Widows play the Beachland Ballroom at 8 p.m. Locksley open. Tickets: $18 day of show, $17 in advance. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)
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