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Check It Out!: October 17, 2013

The Misfits — Box Set

(Caroline Records) —Lodi

NJ’s gift to the world, The Misfits was not only the launching pad for founding member Glenn Danzig, but the group spawned its own genre — horror punk — which not unlike Alice Cooper, was influenced by horror films and similar themes. While the original, Danzig-led lineup of the band only existed from 1977 to 1983, The Misfits later regrouped in 1995 sans Danzig and after legal battles over creative and performance rights. The band’s first six years yielded four full-length albums, but over time, archival releases and reissues released since then left plenty to be desired due to spotty quality. That is until the release of this appropriately coffin-shaped 4-CD compilation that came out in 1996.

This collection strays from the typical approach of simply lumping together all of their studio albums, and instead includes what is apparently every single note the band ever recorded. Die-hard fans will certainly rejoice (and let’s be honest — are there any other kinds of Misfits fans?), but the casual listener may be confused by the number of tracks that show up as many as three or four times. That being said, they could have given us 10 different versions of “Astro Zombies” without risking a single complaint.

The real gems here are the tracks that eventually found themselves remixed and packaged together as the 1982 LP Walk Among Us (found throughout discs 1 and 3). Featuring their catchiest, and, if even possible, commercially accessible material, they make for an excellent introduction.

October 18 & 19


Pearl Jam @ Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave. 7:30 p.m.

$91.80. 917-618-6700

Hard to believe, but Eddie Vedder is a 48-year-old father of two. It seemed like yesterday that Pearl Jam came roaring out of the Pacific Northwest, and now the quintet is on the verge of releasing Lightning Bolt, its tenth studio album. Returning to the producer’s chair is Brendan O’Brien, and in standard fashion, info regarding the album is in typical Pearl Jam lockdown. Meanwhile, the band will only be five dates into this two-leg tour of North America.

October 19


B.B. King @ The Paramount, 370 New York Ave. 9 p.m.

$150.25, $106.75, $84.50. 631-673-7300

A living link between the early roots of the blues (Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson) and subsequent generations (Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd), B.B. King has amazingly continued to tour even at the advanced age of 86. And while his last studio recording was 2008’s One Kind Favor, the Mississippi native has shown an amazing sense of resilience with his having played in excess of 15,000 performances over the span of 64 years. With the Kerry Kearney Band.

October 24

Bay Shore

Peter Wolf & The Travelers @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St.

8 p.m. $60, $55. 631-969-1101

Normally known as the motor-mouthed frontman for the J. Geils Band, one of New England’s most beloved groups, the Bronx-born Peter Wolf has carved out a respectable solo career for himself both after leaving the band and reuniting with them in recent years. Not unlike fellow New Yorker David Johansen, Wolf has a deep and wide-ranging knowledge of music that encompasses obscure R&B, blues, country, reggae and doo-wop. It’s a versatility that’s served Wolf well and was reflected in his last studio album, 2010’s Midnight Souvenirs, where among the many treats to be found here are duets with Shelby Lynne, Neko Case and Merle Haggard.

October 24

Bay Shore

James Hunter 6 @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St. 8 p.m.

$50, $45. 631-969-1101

A former Van Morrison sideman, James Hunter has cobbled together a well-respected solo career thanks to a croon that contains elements of Sam Cooke’s smoothness, James Brown’s bite and Boz Scaggs’ smokiness. Hunter first crossed everyone’s radar with his Grammy-nominated 2006 breakthrough People Gonna Talk, earning further kudos with his 2008 follow-up The Hard Way. Earlier this year he returned with Minute by Minute, credited to the James Hunter 6. Produced by Daptones major domo Gabriel Roth (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings; Booker T. Jones), Hunter’s latest is steeped in the kind of analog soul that he’s become known for.

October 25


Justin Townes Earle @ The Space at Westbury, 290 Post Ave. 8 p.m.

$35, $25, $20. 800-745-3000

As the son of a well-respected and highly outspoken Renaissance man who also happens to be a cornerstone of Americana music, it would be easy for Justin Townes Earle to reject winning the gene pool lottery. But much to the credit of Steve’s son, the younger Earle has not only embraced his legacy, but dealt with his own substance abuse problems and is already a few years into carving out a neat, musical niche of his own. With his latest, last year’s Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, JTE is a melancholy affair infused with a fair degree of honesty regarding nods to substance abuse and most impressively, the conflicting emotions he admits to in “Am I That Lonely Tonight?,” particularly when he mentions hearing his dad on the radio.