Blondie & Garbage

The Rage and Rapture Tour

FRI • JULY 28 • 8PM

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“Here comes the 21st Century,” Debbie Harry assuredly sang nearly three decades ago on her solo disc Def Dumb And Blonde, “it’s gonna be so much better for a girl like me.” With the turn of the century well behind us now, that gleeful prediction has certainly come true: Singer-songwriter Harry, guitarist and co-writer Chris Stein, powerhouse drummer Clem Burke and their band-mates in Blondie are undeniable pop icons, their sound and sensibility as fresh as when they first topped the charts in the late 1970s. In their newest project, Po11inator, Blondie enlisted a group of cool songwriters to contribute to the record weaving their own way into the living, breathing story of Blondie, a group that directly affected their own genetic makeup as artists.

“Doom Or Destiny,” featuring guest vocals from Joan Jett, begins the album with clattering proof that 2017 Blondie can still tap into that classic fervent vibe that created the likes of “Hanging On The Telephone.” R&B scenester Dev Hynes penned “Long Time” which immediately reminds of the disco “Heart Of Glass”. Their active presence in our lives 40 million albums sales and countless accolades later (including a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2006 and NME Godlike Genius Award in 2014) is something to be treasured.


In the spring of 2013, the members of Garbage Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson and Butch Vig gathered in Los Angeles to start work on their sixth studio album. Except the recording didn’t begin in a studio, per se. It began where so many bands first do: in a basement.

It was a fitting launching pad for an album that, over the course of the next two and a half years, would see the band finding a way forward by looking backward, tapping into the spark of their youths to try an uninhibited back-to-basics approach. But Garbage – long known for their meticulously crafted blend of dark, industrial noise, sci-fi pop melodies, whirlwind guitar, and tricked-out rhythms – was going back-to-basics for the first time.

Strange Little Birds is Garbage’s second album off their own label, STUNVOLUME. Some will hear echoes of Garbage’s 1995 debut album in this new album – including Manson herself. Strange Little Birds is a sweeping, cinematic record of a unified mood: darkness.

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