Barenaked Ladies

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Sold Out Saturday July 19, 2014 7:30 PM
$52 in advance / $152 premium / $60 day of concert
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Canadian bands can rock out and they can also bring the funny. No outfit hailing from north of the border embodies these paired virtues more engagingly than the Barenaked Ladies, whose fusion of hooks and yuks has resulted in more than 14 million albums sold, as well as putting big audiences in the seats of concert halls and amphitheaters around the world.

On the occasion of the band's 25th anniversary, BNL -- Ed Robertson (guitar/vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass/vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard/guitar/vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums/vocals) -- are celebrating with their twelfth album Grinning Streak. The album features several stone-cold killers, paced by their quintessentially catchy current hit, "Odds Are," which marries a wicked-clever mathematical premise to a chorus hook that elevates with such thrust that it practically leaves a vapor trail.

Indeed, the whole of Grinning Streak unfolds with the signature blend of immediacy, tunefulness and witty sophistication that made such BNL hits as "Pinch Me, "Brian Wilson," "If I Had $1,000,000" "Its All Been Done," "The Old Apartment" and the chart-topping "One Week" modern-day classics.

"Pop is a form that I love -- it can be high-energy and intricate," says Robertson of the genre the band has championed throughout the last quarter century. "When I think of pop music, I think of the Cars and Squeeze -- interesting melodic rock is what I gravitate to and what I'm always striving for. I want guitar-heavy pop/rock that's intelligent, evocative and thought-provoking. I want it to be singable and relatable, and I want there to be other layers in there for the people who want to go deeper -- because not everybody does. I've heard so many times, 'I love you guys 'cause your songs are just fun and easygoing.' And I'm like, 'I'm glad you enjoy them, but there's a dark underbelly that you haven't mined.'"

The band's previous studio album, 2010's All in Good Time, was their first project following the departure of Steven Page, who'd founded the band with Robertson in 1988, reconfiguring the BNL as a four-piece. "This is the second record since all of that turmoil," Robertson notes, "but it's still a part of what we're going through and informs who we are. On the last record, there were some songs that were directly about the band split, but this record is much more about the emotional rebuilding after that process. Looking back on the maelstrom of all that upheaval, I wanted to convey a sense of hope, reconciliation and healing with these songs.

I like what I do, I'm a good songwriter and I'm gonna write -- I'm gonna express things. So that song is about getting your confidence back -- or, as one of my colleagues would say, getting your swagger back."

On the heels of the album's release, the Barenaked Ladies will embark on the latest iteration of the summer tours that formed such a big part of their enduring appeal. "We built our career playing summer outdoor shows," Robertson points out. "To be out there bringing a lot of music to people -- hey, it's a nice way to spend the summer. After we put together the 'Last Summer on Earth" tour in 2012, tongue firmly in cheek referencing the Mayan calendar, we thought it would be funny to just keep the 'Last Summer on Earth' thing going. Let's enjoy ourselves. Let's live like it is the last summer on earth. Let's party like it's 1999."

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Opening Performance by Elliott Brood

Elliott Brood is a Canadian three-piece, alt-country band formed in 2002 in Toronto, consisting of Mark Sasso on lead vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and kazoo, Casey Laforet on guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals, bass pedals, keys, and ukulele, and Stephen Pitkin on percussion, sampler, and backing vocals. The band's style has been categorized as "death country", "frontier rock", or "revival music". Elliot Brood will be touring New England along with Lucinda Williams all of June 2014.

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