Best Bets: Veronica Falls, Tracy Morgan, Major Lazer

2013-03-14T06:00:00Z Best Bets: Veronica Falls, Tracy Morgan, Major LazerCapital Times staff
March 14, 2013 6:00 am  • 

Veronica Falls w/ Cold Showers

Friday, March 15, 9:30 p.m.

High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave.

$10 in advance/$12 at the door (18+);

“Everybody’s changing, I remain the same,” sings Veronica Falls frontwoman Roxanne Clifford on the British rockers’ dreamy sophomore album, “Waiting for Something to Happen.” She isn’t lying. The jangly guitar tunes aren’t miles removed from those on its self-titled debut, and songs are still driven by the male-female vocal interplay between Clifford and James Hoare. Still, it remains a winning formula, with the band churning out romantic ballads for the goth prom of their dreams.

Tracy Morgan

Sunday, March 17, 7 p.m.

Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave.

$49.50 (all ages);

A large part Tracy Morgan’s appeal is his unpredictability, which can be a double-edged sword at times. Sure, it leads to transcendent comic moments, as when he mines his troubled past for unexpectedly revelatory bits. But the stand-up, who more or less played a sanitized version of himself for seven seasons on “30 Rock,” has also courted controversy in recent years with his onstage comments about the gay community and the disabled. If early reviews are any indication, expect Morgan’s material to fall somewhere between these extremes during this appearance, mixing confessional material with jokes designed to shock and awe.

Major Lazer w/ Angel Haze & Lunice

Tuesday, March 19, 9 p.m.

Majestic Theatre, 115 King St.

$25 in advance/$28 at the door (all ages);

Major Lazer nearly stole the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival when DJs/producers Diplo and Switch conjured a massive array of beats alongside a small army of dancers decked out like Chinese lions, ballerinas and pro wrestlers. While the group, which now features Diplo and a rotating cast of associates following the 2011 departure of Switch, has slimmed down its live show for this tour, its sound, which mixes dancehall, reggae and hip-hop, remains as beefed up and booming as ever.

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